A Travesty of Justice in Kentucky
Earlier this year, we wrote to our supporters in Kentucky and asked them to support HB 222, a wonderful bill that would have banned the use of barbaric gas chambers to kill cats, dogs, and other animals at shelters. While IDA supports the ideal of a no kill nation, we also recognize that while animals are still being killed in overcrowded animal shelters, the method used should be as pain free as possible.
HB 222 had broad support in the House, and was then sent to the Senate, where the devious Senate Agricultural Committee quickly tagged on an "ag-gag" amendment that, if passed, would criminalize any attempt to uncover animal suffering at agricultural facilities. HB 222 would now penalize whistleblowers and undercover investigators at factory farms by claiming that any person who commits "agricultural operation interference", by getting a job at a facility and documenting abuse without the owner's consent, could be charged with a crime.
A great bill was ruined by legislators catering to the financial interests of the meat industry, and the bill's author, Kentucky State Representative Joni Jenkins, was forced to withdraw her support of her own bill as a response.
It is sickening that great legislation that would have positively impacted the lives of hundreds of thousands of animals was ruined by the act of one committee pandering to an animal abusing special interest group.
Click here to take action no matter where you live :