Letter: Animal videotaping bill will help stop cruelty
It is ludicrous to claim that a proposal to require the reporting of videotaped farm-animal cruelty to law enforcement is aimed at preventing prosecution of rogue employees who abuse animals.
There’s nothing in the bill to indicate that law enforcement would ever tell an undercover videographer to stop gathering evidence.
If law enforcement felt more evidence was needed to prosecute, then undercover filming could continue. Or law enforcement could choose to act immediately to stop the abuse.
It’s hard for a bill to be more straightforward.
In order to stop cruelty, law enforcement needs to know about it. In contrast, it is animal rights groups like the Humane Society of the United States that have an ulterior motive in opposing this bill. Animal rights activists have held footage of farm-animal cruelty for weeks or months without getting law enforcement involved. Why? To prepare media campaigns, which they can also use for fundraising purposes.
In opposing this reasonable duty to report, they are throwing animals they claim to speak for under the bus for selfish purposes.
(The writer is senior research analyst for the Center for Consumer Freedom.)