Here is my letter:
Dear Assembly Member Eggman,
I am writing to you on behalf of our national membership to express our opposition to AB 343. The Companion Animal Protection Society is the only national, non-profit organization that exclusively investigates puppy mills, pet factories and pet dealers (both Internet pet sellers and pet stores). We work with law enforcement and government agencies on a daily basis and on a national scale in order to eradicate pet factory cruelty. In California, our undercover investigations are the foundation and basis for the pet sales ban ordinances in West Hollywood, Glendale and Los Angeles.
Publication name: Des Moines Register
URL for more info: http://blogs.desmoinesregister.com/dmr/index.php/2012/02/28/iowa-senate-approves-ag-gag-bill-opponents-predict-dire-consequences/
The Iowa House and Senate today approved the so-called “ag gag bill” that critics say will unfairly prosecute animal-abuse whistleblowers and ultimately derail the integrity and safety of the state’s food industry.
The bill now goes to Gov. Terry Branstad, whose signature would make it law. The Senate substantially altered the legislation that was debated at length last year before approving it Tuesday afternoon on a a 40-10 vote. Later in the day, the House took up the bill, adopted the Senate’s changes without debate and approved it on a 69-28 vote.
The passing of the Iowa Ag Gag bill is an outrage to our First Amendment rights and will keep the animals suffering in silence without our help. CAPS has done a lot of investigating in Iowa; this may no longer be the case.
The new statute refers to Subsection 4, paragraph a OR a crop operation property.
Click here for Senate Amendment 5004
4. "Animal facility" means any of the following:
a. A location where an agricultural animal is maintained for
agricultural production purposes, including but not limited to a
location dedicated to farming as defined in section 9H.1, a livestock market, exhibition, or a vehicle used to transport the animal.
CAPS interpretation is that dogs do not fall under definition of a Ag animal unless argument could be successfully made that their offspring are products having commercial value.
1. "Agricultural animal" means any of the following:
a. An animal that is maintained for its parts or products
having commercial value, including but not limited to its muscle
tissue, organs, fat, blood, manure, bones, milk, wool, hide, pelt,
feathers, eggs, semen, embryos, or honey.
b. An animal belonging to the equine species, including
horse, pony, mule, jenny, donkey, or hinny.
2. "Agricultural production" means any activity related to maintaining an agricultural animal at an animal facility or a crop on crop operation property.
3. "Animal" means a warm-blooded or cold-blooded animal,
including but not limited to an animal belonging to the bovine,
canine, feline, equine, ovine, or porcine species; farm deer as
defined in section 189A.2; ostriches, rheas, or emus; an animal which belongs to a species of poultry or fish; mink or other pelt-bearing
mammals; any invertebrate; or honey bees.
If the puppy miller is also growing crops, would the CAPS investigator be held liable for using false pretenses to gain access if they are intending to gain access to the non crop section of the facility?
Take Action:Urge Governor Branstad to veto SF 431/HF 589, a bill designed to shield animal abusers from public scrutiny and prosecute brave whistleblowers who dare to speak out against cruelty to animals, corporate corruption, dangerous working conditions, environmental violations, and food safety concerns.
If you are an Iowa resident, please use this form to urge Governor Branstad to veto SF 431/HF 589
Senate Amendment 5004
For more information, please visit the Mercy for Animals website
CAPS puppy mill and breeder investigations in Iowa:Steve Kruse: Stonehenge Kennel
Leroy and Gertrude Kruse
Dennis and Donna Van Wyk: Prairie Lane Kennel
Craig Fedler: Feddler Kennels
Full list of of CAPS Puppy Mill and Breeder Investigations
Dr. Steve Best: Iowa Approves Nation’s First ‘Ag-Gag’ Law
Mercy for Animals: Blindfolded MFA Advocates Protest Iowa's "Ag-Gag" Bill, Call for Veto
Des Moines Register: 'Ag gag bill' to governor; opponents fear effects
Publication name: Minnesota Voters for Animal Protection
URL for more info: http://votersforanimals.org/2012/05/mn-ag-gag-bill-has-died/
Summary: May 10, 2012- The bills that would make it a crime to videotape and to show footage shot inside puppy and kitten mills and factory farms (SF 1118/HF 1369) were introduced in April 2011. The bills encountered stiffopposition from the media, the public, and many animal advocacy organizations, and did not advance during the 2011-2012 biennium.