02 March 2011

Florida bill aims to keep consumers in the dark about animal production

At a time when English supermarkets are forcing animal production facilities and slaughterhouses to install cameras to show the consumer that no cruelty is taking place, a bill introduced in Florida aims to do exactly the opposite.

Senator Jim Norman (R-Tampa) has introduced bill SB 1246, which would make it a first class felony to photograph or video any property where ‘legitimate agriculture operations are being conducted’ unless you have the permission of the owner to do so.

If this bill is approved, it would mean that organizations dedicated to animal welfare would no longer be able to go undercover and expose the awful conditions, the cruelty and the agonizing deaths that animals are subjected to. Without this evidence, many companies will be allowed to get away with all manner of atrocities and keep it out of the public eye. Without this evidence, films like Food, Inc., Farm to Fridge, and Earthlings would never have been made. I know it’s only in Florida at the moment, but if the bill is approved then it’s only a matter of time before it happens across the country.

If you live in Florida you can take action against this bill. Please contact your state senator (you can find your sentator here), and ask them if they oppose the bill and explain why you do.

Bev Hahler | @redhotvegan
Bev, a vegetarian since she was 14 years old, became more interested in veganism several years ago after studying Agro-business as part of an Ecology degree. She has a gorgeous daughter in second grade who has been a vegetarian her whole life (lucky girl). Follow Bev on her blog and Facebook.

Photo credit: Mercy For Animals/video screen capture