Target: Mr. Patrick McCrory, Governor of North Carolina
Goal: Do not sign bill that restricts gathering evidence of animal cruelty into law.
Workers in North Carolina may no longer have the right to secretly record instances of rule breaking, sanitation violations, or even animal cruelty thanks to a bill making its way to the governor. If signed into law, the bill would allow businesses to sue employees who secretly record footage for damages or lost revenue. This bill is fundamentally flawed in that it seeks only to protect businesses that are breaking their own rules or, in some cases, even state laws.
This law would cover all businesses, from restaurants that have disgusting and unsafe conditions to prescription drug companies that are making unsafe medication. This also includes cattle and poultry farms. These farms are of particular interest because of how frequently footage is released of workers abusing their animals and keeping them in conditions that would make their products unsanitary.
This bill would only serve to protect those who are harming animals and cutting corners to make a quick profit. Why wouldn’t there be a bill seeking to protect consumers from the unsafe products that these companies may be offering? Why do North Carolina lawmakers think that businesses are more important than the lives of the people and animals living in their state?
The reason that secret recordings are even necessary is because business are putting people and animals at risk. No one takes a secret recording of an upstanding business that is complying with accepted standards and ethics. This bill only seeks to protect people and companies that think themselves above the law and must not be signed by the governor. Please sign here to demand that watchdogs be spared from legal action for exposing the truth about harmful businesses and animal cruelty.
Dear Governor McCrory,
I am writing to discourage you from signing a bill that is on its way to your desk regarding secret recordings in the work place. Secret recordings have become a sadly necessary part of doing business as companies have started to cut corners to make a quick profit. If signed into law, this bill would allow companies that are secretly flouting state laws or regulations to take legal action against whistleblowers.
Often these recordings are the only way to shine a light on things such as animal cruelty and unsanitary or unsafe working conditions. The recordings seek to make consumers, and often animals on cattle and poultry farms, safer. Why should there be a law protecting business that are making unsafe products and abusing animals instead of a law protecting consumers and animals from them?
This bill seems entirely backwards and sends the message that the lawmakers of your state care more about businesses than they do about their constituents and animals. Please do not sign this bill into law and put countless lives at risk.
[Your Name Here]
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