Don’t Criminalize Filming in Slaughterhouses


Target: North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory

Goal: Don’t criminalize filming in factory farms and slaughterhouses.

The factory farming industry is trying to deny consumers’ rights to know exactly where our food is coming from and criminalize the filming of animal abuse inside slaughterhouses. These “ag-gag” laws are not only a violation of our rights but also a threat to animal welfare, workers’ rights, the environment, and food safety.

Over the years, undercover investigations of factory farms and slaughterhouses have revealed valuable and shocking evidence of animal cruelty and food safety hazards in the meat, dairy and egg industries. Thanks to the dedicated work of undercover agents, many cases have resulted in convictions of workers who abused animals, the largest meat recall in U.S. history, several legal actions to reinforce public health and food safety laws, the approval of new laws that require protection for farmed animals, and policy changes to improve the treatment of animals.

Instead of embracing the numerous changes to improve conditions for animals and making sure food is safer for potential customers, the factory farming industry has shown more interest in lobbying for “ag-gag” laws, which would ban workers from taking photographic evidence inside their facilities. If these laws are approved, consumers will be prevented from knowing where their food comes from and how the farmed animals are being treated.

Food safety and animal welfare should take higher priority than corporate profit. Don’t allow the factory farming industry to hide the cruel, inhumane and hazardous activities behind the scenes. Please sign this petition to stop the “ag-gag” laws from passing in North Carolina.


Dear Governor Pat McCrory,

The farming factory industry is lobbying for ag-gag bills, which are a means to hide evidence of food safety violations and animal cruelty within the facilities. Undercover investigations have revealed countless acts of cruelty and unsafe practices that cause excessive harm to the animals and to the consumers. Consumers have a right to know what goes on inside food production factories.

Instead of embracing the legal change made possible by undercover agents, the farming factory industry seeks to continue its inhumane and hazardous practices by opting to remain hidden from the public. I am urging you to veto the ag-gag bill and ensure that there will be more transparency in food production.


[Your Name Here]

Photo credit: Mercy For Animals

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  1. Ken Foster says:

    What goes on behind closed doors must always lead to suspicion, if they have nothing to fear, why hide their practices???

  2. Totally agree!!! If you have nothing to hide then you should have no problem with filming!!

    Factory-farmed animals are among the most abused animals. We must not condone this by eating them or their by-products. By doing so, we are saying that this abuse is ok with us…plain and simple.

  3. Some of the most vile and horrific cruelty occurs in slaughterhouses. Cameras should be installed in all of them! There are too many sick, twisted psychopaths who work in them. The horribly humane practices should never be allowed to be secret. The public must be made aware!

  4. Kathy Khoshfahm says:

    Undercover video is the only resource available to document the cruelty that takes places in these Hell Holes. As Paul McCartney once said “If slaughterhouses had glass walls, we’d all be Vegetarians…”

  5. joan bryant says:

    Not only should cameras be allowed they should be mandatory!!! Let’s put cameras in all elected and appointed politicians offices and cars as well!!!!!!!!!

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