There was a bill about to be voted on by the Assembly Agriculture Committee that was pulled three hours before voting.
It was a bill that would have limited undercover farm animal abuse investigations!
The bill would have made it so that anyone collecting evidence of abuse would have to turn it in to the cops within 48 hours.
The problem with that is it's not enough time to collect enough evidence to show a pattern of illegal activity, according to animal advocates.
The author of the bill said:
"My intention with this will was and remains to be the prevention of animal cruelty. The chair of the agriculture committee, myself and the California Cattlemen's Association have agreed to hold a hearing in the future to discuss how we can move forward with our goals of a safe food supply, strong agriculture industry and the humane treatment of livestock."
That's just his opinion, though. The California State Director of the Humane Society of the United States said:
"We are pleased to see the bill shelved. The problem isn't the rate at which animal cruelty is disclosed to authorities – but with the rampant cruelty itself. Industrial farming operations should be run so well that videos could never capture anything they wouldn't want their customers to see."
We think undercover investigators should be able to do whatever is necessary to document abuse.
Whatever protects the most animals is fine by us!
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