Do Not Criminalize Undercover Footage of Animal Cruelty


Target: North Carolina Governor, Pat McCrory

Goal: Don’t imprison animal rights activists for exposing illegal cruelty and abuse via video footage.

North Carolina, among other states, may ban undercover video footage of animal cruelty in the workplace. Such a law would eliminate any chance at exposing the truth and enable businesses to perform any and all forms of animal cruelty without regulation. This is a dangerous and unnecessary law. Urge North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory to disallow a ban on videotaping suspicious activities.

As consumers, the public has a right to know where their food comes from and the exact process used. Banning video footage of illegal and suspicious activities in the workplace will only put animal abusers at ease knowing they no longer risk being exposed. Rather than punishing those committing acts of animal abuse, this would put animal rights activists at risk of being fined and receiving jail time.

The idea of using tax dollars to put animal rights activists in jail is simply absurd and would significantly contribute to the number of non-violent offenders in jail. It eliminates the essential freedom of those working for the greater good by enabling violence and manipulation on the part of mass producers.

Please sign this petition to ask North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory to not pass legislation designed to criminalize undercover footage and severely limit the rights of animal activists.


Dear Governor McCrory,

North Carolina is in the process of potentially eliminating the rights of animal protection activists and severely contributing to a growing epidemic of animal abuse. This is a poor use of resources and poses many threats to both animals and the public that consumes animal products.

Consumers deserve and expect to know how their food came to be. Criminalizing undercover video footage of animal cruelty is in direct opposition of this right and would inevitably decrease the level of trust between businesses and consumers. In a society in which the public is already skeptical of several businesses and factories, this will only exacerbate the problem and lead to more issues in the future.

In addition, placing animal rights activists in jail is a poor use of tax dollars that will produce no long-term benefits. These non-violent offenders are simply trying to expose the truth and protect one another.

This bill does nothing to protect the consumer and everything to enable businesses and factories to perform illegal activities. Please reconsider this initiative and vow to protect the public from deceitful tactics and unnecessary limitations on freedom.


[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: Mercy For Animals

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  1. Manel Dias says:

    Those so called authorities of NC, are afraid of the people who speaks the truth. Cowardly to protect themselves now they are bringing the new rules to ban the whistle blowers & the animal cruelty footage. What a way to run a country with DEMOCRACY???
    North Carolina is becoming the next Dictatorship governing state in America.

  2. Darren young says:

    Surely these are the actions of countries like China ?

  3. wendy lee Williams says:

    If they have nothing to hide, why cover up and block releases informing the public? No to Ag Gag laws and install video CCTVs in every factory farms. Plus provide n support humane job training.

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