Target: Heather Ebbs, Secretary of the New Hampshire House Environment and Agriculture Committee
Goal: Prevent the passing of legislation that would require all acts of farm animal abuse to be reported to local authorities within 24 hours
The New Hampshire House and Agriculture Committee recently presented a bill that would require those who record abuse to farm animals and livestock to report it to local authorities within 24 hours. This sounds like a law that would improve the efficiency of animal abuse cases, but what it will actually due is put a statute of limitations on what cases of abuse can be investigated. HB110 will dramatically effect animal rights groups’ ability to report longer, often more significant, cases of cruelty and must be stopped.
Six states have already adopted similar legislation–Iowa, Missouri, and Utah last year, and North Dakota, Montana, and Kansas 20 years ago. Critics argue that these laws are intended to silence groups who collect evidence of animal cruelty on private property because the information they report will be void due to the imposed time limits. In short, HB110 makes it nearly impossible for farmers to receive felony charges for animal cruelty and abuse even in cases with substantial evidence. In their 20 years of existence, no one has ever been prosecuted under these state laws.
Animal rights groups often use undercover operatives to gather evidence. These investigations are often extended to make a bigger case against industrial farms. Joanne Bourbeau, northeast regional director of the Humane Society of the United States, made a statement saying the bill “punishes whistleblowers and endangers the public by hiding animal abuse, unsafe working conditions, food safety issues and environmental problems on industrial farms.”
Something must be done immediately to prevent the passing of bill HB110. Please sign the petition below to ensure that those trying to protect farm animals will not be silenced.
Dear Secretary Ebbs,
Bill HB110 was recently presented at a meeting of the New Hampshire House Environment and Agriculture Committee. The law would limit animal abuse investigations on farm animals and require that all evidence be reported to local authorities within 24 hours. On the surface it seems like you are trying to increase the efficiency of animal cruelty investigations, but what the law will ultimately do is prevent extensive operations that ultimately do more good for the animals, our environment, and our food industry.
The law will also essentially remove the possibility of offenders receiving a felony charge for their crimes because of a lack of evidence. Six states have already adopted similar laws and no one has ever been prosecuted under them. Those who sacrifice their time and energy to perform extensive operations should not be silenced. They are responsible for some of the most important improvements in animal rights and our food industry to date. Please, for the sake of the environment, our food, and the welfare of these animals, do not allow this bill to be passed into law.
[Your Name Here]
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