Iowa Senate approves bill making farm undercover video operations illegal

The Iowa Senate today approved the so-called “ag gag bill” that critics say will unfairly prosecute animal abuse whistleblowers and ultimately derail the integrity and safety of the state’s food industry. “I just think this is incredibly bad public policy for a nonexistent problem that is being worked across the country by big ag that doesn’t want to play by the rules and has had it their way for a long time,” said Sen. Matt McCoy, D-Des Moines. House File 589 as passed by the House last year would make it illegal to videotape at farms or other animal operations while undercover. It would have been the nation’s toughest legislation restricting undercover operations. (more) Feb. 28, 2012 Des Moines Register