Dozens gather at Capitol to protest so called 'ag gag' bill

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Dozens gather at Capitol to protest so called 'ag gag' bill

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by KTVB.COM

KTVB.COM

Posted on February 25, 2014 at 3:50 PM

Updated Tuesday, Feb 25 at 6:51 PM

BOISE -- Dozens of protesters gathered outside the Idaho Statehouse Tuesday to speak out against controversial legislation protesters call the 'ag gag' bill.

The bill calls for prosecution of anyone shooting undercover video inside farming facilities.

Sen. Jim Patrick from Twin Falls says the bill was designed to protect Idaho farmers against several things including trespassing, theft, and wrongful employment.

Matt Rice is the Director of Investigations with Mercy for Animals and opposes the bill. He calls the bill dangerous and says many Idahoans are outraged. "Consumers have a right to know where their food comes from and how animals on these factory farms are treated," said Rice.

Last week, the Idaho Senate approved the bill that could give offenders up to a year in jail and up to a $5,000 fine.

The measure is now being discussed by the Idaho House of Representatives, with a vote scheduled this week.
 

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