Brutal Animal Abuse Would Stay Secret Under State’s Ridiculous Measure

Yet another state is trying to push through an ag-gag bill, adding to the rush of legislation that aims to keep agriculture’s routine animal abuse behind closed doors.

The Property Protection Act, which was introduced to the North Carolina senate on Thursday, would outlaw unauthorized videotaping or audio recording on private property, making it illegal to document abuse on factory farms or even obtain proof that such abuse ever occurred.

The bill also prohibits applying for jobs for any purpose other than a „bona fide intent“ of seeking work, and obtaining and using such unauthorized footage, effectively preventing all undercover investigations.

Flickr/Tobias Akerboom (at hutmeelz)Like most ag-gag legislation, the bill professes to reinforce property rights but would in practice act as a gag order…

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