Tri States Public Radio Staff
Ag Gag Law
Tue March 13, 2012
Stifling Undercover Investigations at Illinois Farms
Recording at a farm or livestock facility without the permission of the owner would be illegal under a proposal in the Illinois House.
Representative Jim Sacia (R-Winnebago County) sponsored the measure (HB 5143). He said farmers know what's best for their animals.
"I have been involved in the agriculture community my entire life. I grew up on a dairy farm. I'm a strong supporter of livestock agriculture," Sacia said.
"When people attempt to make farmers look bad in order to further their agenda, that bothers me."
Animal-rights activists oppose the measure. They advance their cause through videos showing animals being brutalized or killed.
A similar ban was recently signed into law in Iowa.
Sacia has tabled the proposal for now, though he said he will continue to push for a ban.
Thanks to Illinois Public Radio