Letter: Time for honest discussion about agriculture industry

Indiana’s “Ag Gag” law was put to rest last year in the last hours of the 2013 legislative session, but on the first day of the new session was introduced once again.

The so-called Ag Gag laws make it a criminal offense to take a photo or video without permission at an agricultural operation such as a slaughterhouse, factory farm or even a puppy mill. Proponents claim undercover video or photos showing abuse or cruelty are put in the public domain and cause harm to their business.

Opponents say these laws are unconstitutional, that there are already laws in place to address trespass, and most importantly without video or photos to document abuse and cruelty to farm animals there is no other way for these abuses to be exposed.

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