California: Stop the Anti-Whistleblower Effort
Undercover videos documenting cruelty in factory farms are a crucial element of the battle to stop such suffering. A 2007 video of injured cows being hauled to slaughter in Chino, California led to the largest meat recall in history.
California's beef industry doesn't want you to see these photos and videos, so they introduced legislation to prevent them. AB 343, an "ag-gag" bill, would have obstructed whistleblowers’ rights by forcing them to turn over photos and videos within 48 hours—not nearly enough time for them to properly document evidence and protect themselves from retaliation.
Thanks to widespread opposition to the bill from food safety, environmental, animal protection, labor union, and first amendment organizations, on April 17, 2013, the author of the bill “pulled” it and will not be advancing it this year.
We are grateful to HSUS supporters in California who took action by calling their Assemblymember to voice their concerns. This is one of those times when it is so, so clear that your engagement makes a tremendous difference for animals.
We will remain vigilant in Sacramento and keep you posted on any future efforts to silence our exposure of the suffering of animals raised for food.