WKYT | Lexington, Kentucky | News

Bill takes aim at animal-rights videos at farms

A bill aimed at punishing animal-rights activists with jail and fines for secretly filming farm operations has cleared the Kentucky Senate.

MGN Online

The legislation is House Bill 222.

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - A bill aimed at punishing animal-rights activists with jail and fines for secretly filming farm operations has cleared the Kentucky Senate.

But that's as far as the bill may go.

The provision to criminalize undercover filming or photographing of animal operations was added to a House bill that originally prevented animal shelters from using gas chambers as a form of euthanasia.

Rep. Joni Jenkins, sponsor of the original bill, said Friday she won't ask the House to take up the broader measure.

She says the state shouldn't punish whistleblowers for exposing public health risks at factory farms.

The Senate amended the bill to make it a misdemeanor to film farm operations without the landowner's consent.

(Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)


Comments are posted from viewers like you and do not always reflect the views of this station.
powered by Disqus

WKYT

2851 Winchester Rd. Lexington, Ky 40509 859-299-0411 - switchboard 859-299-2727 - newsroom
Copyright © 2002-2014 - Designed by Gray Digital Media - Powered by Clickability 252998371 - wkyt.com/a?a=252998371
Gray Television, Inc.