Target: Scott Walker, Governor of Wisconsin
Goal: Reject the proposed ban on undercover photos and videos at abusive farms.
Currently, a bill is being considered in Wisconsin that would prohibit undercover filming and taking pictures on farms, which animal activist groups such as MERCY have done in the past to uncover animal mistreatment incidents on farms in the state. The passage of this bill would make it exponentially more difficult to expose any farm animal abuse and to rescue victims of injustice.
The “ag gag” bill explicitly states that anyone who films or takes photographs of farms without authorization must report it to the police or face a fine. MERCY and other groups are looking to band together to oppose these ag gag bills that may come into consideration in states throughout the nation. Animal rights activists voiced their concerns over the lack of transparency in animal treatment on farms, which the ag gag bill would make even more secretive. Due to Wisconsin’s interest in the ag gag bill, this would naturally arouse more suspicion from animal rights groups about the ethics of farm animal treatment in Wisconsin.
By signing the petition below, you are urging the governor of Wisconsin to reject the ban on undercover photos and videos in animal farms. The treatment of farm animals must continue to be monitored by outside groups to ensure that any activity of animal mistreatment does not occur undetected on farms.
Dear Governor Scott Walker,
Animal rights groups such as MERCY have successfully utilized undercover cameras to capture photos and videos of mistreatment in farms. This evidence has enabled these animal rights groups to come forth and demand better treatment for farm animals. The proposed “ag gag” bill will take away the right for groups to monitor the treatment of farm animals and leave the animals’ livelihoods completely up to the mercy of their handlers.
Please ensure that the “ag gag” bill does not pass in the state of Wisconsin. The monitoring of animal practices in farms needs to continue to ensure that injustice against animals does not go unpunished by animal cruelty perpetrators.
[Your Name Here]
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