Sunday, March 30, 2014

Kentucky Legislature Tightens Its Own Ag-Gag Measure

Posted By on Sun, Mar 30, 2014 at 11:44 AM

Emboldened by the Idaho Legislature's Ag-Gag Bill, signed into law by Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter, the Kentucky Legislature is pushing its own legislation through, targeting animal-rights activists.

The Associated Press reports that the Kentucky Senate voted March 28 to jail and/or fine someone who gains access to farm operations under false pretenses and then films or photographs the operations without the landowner's consent.

But even sponsors of the original bill, passed by the Kentucky House, said the Kentucky Senate's broader punishments were "misdirected" and could hinder the House's approval of the amended measure.

Meanwhile in Idaho, the AFL-CIO and Idaho Building Trades Council have joined the Animal Legal Defense Fund to mount a legal challenge to the Gem State's new ag-gag law.

Idaho's law labels any unauthorized documentation of farm, dairy or ranch practices as a criminal offense, punished with a misdemeanor charge of obstructing agricultural production, a fine of up to $5,000 and/or a year in prison. Those who plead guilty to the charge must pay twice damages in restitution.

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