Monday, February 28, 2011

Taking pictures of cows could land you in jail

Florida - SB 1246 by Sen. Jim Norman, R-Tampa, would make it a first-degree felony to photograph a farm without first obtaining written permission from the owner. Media law experts say the ban would violate freedoms protected in the U. S. Constitution. But Wilton Simpson, a farmer who lives in Norman’s district, said the bill is needed to protect the property rights of farmers and the “intellectual property” involving farm operations. Simpson, president of Simpson Farms near Dade City, said the law would prevent people from posing as farmworkers so that they can secretly film agricultural operations. Animal rights groups such as People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals and Animal Freedom display undercover videos on their web sites to make their case that livestock farming and meat consumption are cruel.  More…

1 comment:

  1. Owning any animal farm or otherwise. When it is outside for the public to view then you have nothing to worry about if your animal is healthy.
    But recently I saw a lady dragging around an elderly dog so she could use it to beg with.
    You have to be accountable. Whether you are homeless or have a farm as to how you treat your animal. I believe people should have the right to photograph it. You have nothing to worry about if your cows are healthy. If they are not obviously you have something to hide from the public. Who eats your cows? That's right it is the public. They should have laws that put some of the farmers in jail for having cows on the property that are lame and neglected.