Saturday, March 1, 2014

Revenge Against Chobani? Idaho Legislator Targets Yogurt Maker For Opposing Ag-Gag

Posted By on Sat, Mar 1, 2014 at 10:40 AM


After watching his "ag-gag" bill sail through the Idaho House and Senate and onto Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter, who promptly signed the bill into law, an Idaho legislator now apparently wants to take out some revenge on those who opposed the measure.

On Feb. 28, Otter signed the bill into law, which will crack down on whistleblowers and journalists obtaining information from an Idaho agricultural operation through misrepresentation. Otter signed the bill in spite of a Statehouse protest, 113,000 signatures on petitions, and a letter from the CEO of Chobani Yogurt urging Otter to veto the bill.

In plea to Otter, Chobani CEO Hamdi Ulukaya wrote, "As someone who grew up on a farm, I believe deeply that the humane treatment of animals is an ethical and moral imperative."

But shortly after, Twin Falls Republican Sen. Jim Patrick posted on his Facebook page, "Looks like we should boycott Greek yogurt."

Idaho Reports Melissa Davlin was the first to spot the Facebook post.

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