NY'ers - What do you think about this law in the making?
The ASPCA has sent me an alert about a bill that's headed to the Senate.
Dear New York Advocates,
We need your help to stop a terrible, anti-animal, anti-democracy bill under consideration in the New York State Senate. This legislation, S. 5172, would criminalize investigative efforts to expose institutional mistreatment of farmed animals. It is an attempt by New York-based agribusiness concerns to keep the public in the dark and uninformed about activities occurring on our state's factory farms.
Your state senator could vote on this dangerous bill at any time!
S. 5172 would criminalize simply taking a photograph of a farm animal without the farm ownerÃ¯Â¿Â½s written consent. Doing so would be considered "tampering with a farm animal," a misdemeanor offense punishable by up to a year in prison or a fine of up to $1,000.
Rather than stop cruel treatment of animalsÃ¯Â¿Â½and the related environmental and food-safety risksÃ¯Â¿Â½S. 5172 would prevent the public from learning about it and punish those who hope to expose it. We need more transparency on our farms, not less.
What You Can Do
Having recently passed the NY Senate Agriculture Committee, S. 5172 may now be voted on at any moment by the full New York Senate. Please visit the ASPCA Advocacy Center online, where you can quickly email your New York State senator and politely urge him/her to oppose S. 5172.
Thank you, New York, for helping us fight animal cruelty and bad public policy!
Here is a link that might be useful: link to oppose