Dear New York Advocates,Please contact your local legislators about this. See the ASPCA's site for info for your district if you don't already have it and for sample letters and how to send them.
We need your help to stop a terrible, anti-animal, anti-democracy bill under consideration in the New York State Senate. This legislation, S. 5172, would criminalize investigative efforts to expose institutional mistreatment of farmed animals. It is an attempt by New York-based agribusiness concerns to keep the public in the dark and uninformed about activities occurring on our state's factory farms.
Your state senator could vote on this dangerous bill at any time!
S. 5172 would criminalize simply taking a photograph of a farm animal without the farm owner’s written consent. Doing so would be considered "tampering with a farm animal," a misdemeanor offense punishable by up to a year in prison or a fine of up to $1,000.
Rather than stop cruel treatment of animals—and the related environmental and food-safety risks—S. 5172 would prevent the public from learning about it and punish those who hope to expose it. We need more transparency on our farms, not less.