A bill preventing animal rights activists from shooting undercover videos has received initial approval by the Missouri House of Representatives.
The bill would criminalize undercover videos and prevent animal rights activists from lying on a job application or using false pretenses to gain access to a livestock farm or facility. The House will vote on the bill again before it reaches the Senate.
An “ag gag” law passed by Iowa earlier this year provided the guide Casey Guernsey, R-Bethany, used to write the Missouri version. Guernsey, who raises cattle on a family farm, said he’s unaware of any undercover videos originating on Missouri farms.
The Springfield News-Leader reports House Bill 1860 would create two new crimes called agriculture production facility fraud and agriculture production facility interference. Anyone violating the law could face between six months in jail and four years in prison.
Language in the bill would not prevent facility employees or other whistle-blowers from exposing abuse.