Don’t Jail Undercover Animal Activists


Target: Governor of Idaho, Butch Otter

Goal: Don’t imprison undercover animal activists who film or record agricultural operations without permission

On February 28, 2014 the governor of Idaho signed a bill that will jail any animal activist who secretly films or records the operations at Idaho’s agricultural facilities. The new law is specifically aimed at undercover animal activists who obtain jobs at agricultural facilities in order to film the abuse of the animals within the establishments.

As a result of this new law, any person who is caught secretly filming or recording the agricultural facilities without permission will be faced with up to a year in jail, which is double the maximum jail time for animal cruelty. The punishment hardly seems fair considering the fact that animal activists only wish to uncover the abuse of the animals within the operations rather than inflict cruelty.

The owners of the agricultural businesses in Idaho argue that they are not trying to cover any wrongdoing within their facilities. Yet, the law does just that. It draws a curtain over the animal cruelty that may be happening inside the agricultural operations and gives them the power to jail any person who captures any cruelty within their facilities. Undercover animal activists are needed to unmask the cruelty being done to animals within these operations. Sign this petition and stand against this new law.


Dear Governor Butch Otter,

It has come to my attention that you have recently signed a bill that allows the arrest of anyone who secretly films or records the operations within agricultural facilities without permission. I must say that I disagree with this new law. It gives the owners of these agricultural operations a curtain to hide behind. It seems that filming and recording in secrecy is the only way to capture the wrongdoing within these facilities.

What I have found to be most appalling from this new law is the fact that the people arrested for filming or recording without permission will receive up to a year in jail time, which is more than half the maximum jail time for a person who commits animal cruelty. The punishment seems unfair because the animal activists who are capturing the cruelty within these facilities only mean to save the animals and hold those responsible accountable for their actions.

I urge you to rethink this law because imprisoning people who care about the welfare of animals is not the answer to anything.


[Your Name Here]

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  1. Kristy Amado says:

    Don’t forget to boycott Utah, Iowa, and several other states that have already passed this law!! It is the most NON SENSE law EVER passed anywhere. As someone else stated, it’s pretty much a blatant move to make the WRONG choice. If ya ain’t got nuthin’ to hide, then why all the fuss??? DUH!!

    • WiZaRd Of The Wolf Nation says:

      I totally agree with ya’.
      We should impose economic and political
      sanctions against ALL the Ag-Gag states,
      AND boycott the entire livestock industry.

    • These states that passed that Law are as it JUST so HAPPENS the BIGGEST perpetrators of these things such as FARM ANIMAL CRUELTY and Slaughter House ATROCITY TOO I come from Iowa -Meat Men at the Horse Auctions-Farrowing CRATE -Bolt gun and violence in Porcine Farms -Chicken electrocution and Turkey cruelty in Foul Farming -Veal crates for calves and lambs and then Slaughter house Madness Dairy farm Calf throw aways You Name it -IT IS BAD

  2. WiZaRd Of The Wolf Nation says:

    Governor Otter and his Nazi henchmen ought to be forcibly removed from office and brought to justice for their crimes against Nature, animal cruelty,
    and high treason!!
    I refuse to conform to the Ag-Gag law!!

    I’m calling upon our like-minded animal advocates
    to impose severe economic and political sanctions
    against the confederate state of Idaho and YES,
    overthrow the Butch Otter dictatorship
    and BOYCOTT the entire livestock industry!!

    I have no respect for that pinko-Nazi piece-of-$#!+ Otter,nor his ruthless redneck henchmen!!

    What Gov. Otter and his Fascist legislature
    have done, is a flagrant violation of the First Amendment and other sacred laws of freedom in the U.S. Constitution, thus, they ought be removed from power, tried, convicted, and executed for their acts of high treason against the U.S.!!

  3. Clearly the Governor of Idaho, Butch Otter, does not believe in God and has no morals whatsoever. He needs to be removed from office now!! We need to put criminals in jail (i.e. animal abusers, corrupt politicians) not kind, feeling people who are trying to improve the world!! I bet Butch Otter is also for human trafficking as he has no problem with enslaving innocent animals. . .
    Get this criminal out of office!!!

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