Take action to oppose ag-gag bill

Good news! With the adjournment of the Legislature on May 10, 2012, Minnesota’s ‘ag-gag’ bill has died. It was introduced in April, 2011, but did not progress during the biennium.

On May 10, 2012, the Minnesota Legislature adjourned, marking the end of the 2011-2012 biennium. Minnesota’s ‘ag-gag’ bill was introduced in April, 2011, but did not progress during the biennium. Strong opposition, from many sectors in Minnesota, contributed to the demise of this legislation.

Bills similar to the one introduced in Minnesota have been introduced in states around the country (and passed in Iowa and Utah). This underscores the need for continued vigilance in Minnesota. If you have not yet, please take the time to let your state legislators know you oppose this type of legislation:

Sign the online petition to keep humane undercover investigations legal in Minnesota.

Download and print copies of MVAP’s petition, encourage friends and family to sign, and mail copies to us. We will hand deliver to Minnesota legislators.

What is the ag-gag bill?

Senate File 1118 and House File 1369, also called Minnesota’s ‘ag-gag’ bills, would criminalize blowing the whistle on animal cruelty, food safety problems, or labor or environmental abuses inside puppy and kitten mills or factory farms by making it a crime to take video inside such facilities, or even for the news media to possess or distribute these images. Read more about MN’s ag-gag bill here. The bills prohibit usage of one of the most important tools the humane movement has to reduce and prevent animal suffering- undercover investigations that expose animal cruelty and inhumane conditions and practices that go on behind closed doors in Minnesota.

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