So-Called 'Ag Gag' Bill Passes Idaho Legislature, Headed To Gov. Otter
A bill to punish people who secretly film animal abuse at Idaho's agricultural facilities is headed to Gov. C. L. "Butch" Otter's desk after passing the House 56-14.
It's a response to videos released by activists who filmed workers at Bettencourt Dairy beating, stomping, and sexually abusing cows.
If Otter signs the bill into law, people who try to record such abuse face up to a year in jail, double the maximum punishment for animal cruelty.
Utah has a similar "ag gag law," currently being challenged in U.S. District Court.
Backers say they want to protect farmers from activists with agendas who sneaking onto their property.
Opponents argue pulling the curtain over one industry makes Idaho look like it has something to hide, and will make it tougher to prove abuse.