Filming or photographing farm animal operations without a farmer's consent would be criminalized under a bill sent to the Kentucky Senate.
The Senate Agriculture Committee attached the language to a House-passed bill on Tuesday.
Kentucky Farm Bureau executive Jeff Harper says the provisions are needed because
is becoming a target of animal-rights activists who secretly film or photograph
farm operations. Kentucky
Paul Shapiro, a vice president with the Humane Society of the
says the state's meat industry is trying to silence whistleblowers seeking to
expose animal cruelty or food safety violations. United States
He says the bill comes a month after Humane Society whistleblowers exposed animal abuse at a western
pig farm. Kentucky
If the Senate passes the bill, it would return to the House.