I’m glad the ACLU is standing up for our First Amendment rights by opposing House Bill 1104, which would make it illegal to film at agricultural operations without the owner's consent.
This bill would criminalize whistleblowers on animal factory farms, putting them in jail for up to a year and/or fining them $5,000. If you do the right thing and call out cruelty to animals, you’re fined and go to jail. I could not make this up if I tried.
It’s a ludicrous bill, and I hope our state lawmakers are not foolish enough to pass such an obviously unconstitutional law. It would obviously be more logical to have a whistleblower protection law similar to the one that protects state and federal employees who report abuses and wrongdoing.