Target: Representative Joni Jenkins
Goal: Stop an agricultural committee’s secret bill amendment criminalizing animal rights investigations
Following Idaho’s notorious clampdown on animal rights activists last month, the state of Kentucky now faces a strikingly similar ‘ag-gag’ law – legislation that criminalizes investigations of agricultural practices. The Kentucky Senate Agricultural Committee slipped in an amendment to a bill that originally proposed restrictions to certain euthanasia practices. If passed, the amendment would class undercover investigations and the use of photographs or video on agricultural property as a Class B misdemeanor – resulting in fines and jail terms. This is yet another attempt by agricultural giants to silence the truth and to ensure animal welfare standards can continue to be flaunted to aid profit. Sign this petition to remove the surreptitious amendment from the bill.
The amendment was made after the bill initially passed through the Kentucky House – an attempt to avoid public scrutiny and potential backlash. The bill will go to the Kentucky Senate and then, if passed, will go back to the House for a further vote.
Last month, the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) exposed shocking cruelty to pigs on a Kentucky farm. It is no coincidence, then, that this amendment surfaced to try and counter the exposure of animal agriculture malpractice. Of the 15 ag-gag bills proposed in 11 states last year, all were defeated due to public pressure and the tireless work of animal rights groups. The Senate Agricultural Committee seeks to bypass any opposition by quietly tagging this bill on to a pro-animal rights bill. We cannot let this happen.
Sign this petition to stop Kentucky from criminalizing the truth about animal agriculture, and help protect animals by giving animal rights groups the freedom to showcase the truth.
Dear Ms. Jenkins,
The recent amendment to bill HB 222 in the Kentucky House is a worrying development. The Senate Agricultural Committee added this amendment after the House had approved the bill in an attempt to avoid scrutiny and an outcry against it. I write to you to ask that you use all your influence in the Kentucky Senate to have this amendment removed.
The bill initially proposed pro-animal legislation, but the amendment harkens to Idaho’s criminalization of animal rights investigations on agricultural lands, and makes any sort of videoing, photographing, or false employment applications a Class B demeanor.
Yet another attempt to silence the awful truth of animal cruelty, we will not allow this amendment to pass unchallenged. I ask that you persuade your fellow colleagues to vote against the amendment, and to gather petitions like this to showcase the public outcry that is building against this bill.
[Your Name Here]
Photo credit: Humane Society of the United States via Wikimedia