(This bill was introduced on 3/19 and hasn’t been taken up in committee, so is very unlikely to pass. But it’s an obnoxious piece of legislation that deserves to be spotlighted. – promoted by jvwalt)
Isn’t this curious? A bill sponsored by three Senate Dems and two Republicans would make it illegal to misrepresent oneself to get a job at a farm with the intent to expose animal cruelty.
Like Nebraska’s bill, Vermont’s S.162 says that anyone who “knowingly obtains access to an agricultural facility by false pretenses” or misrepresents themselves on employment applications is guilty of “agricultural facility fraud.”
In 2010, federal officials shut down a Vermont slaughterhouse after an undercover video produced by HSUS showed workers slapping, kicking and shocking newborn calves who were to weak to stand. The facility’s co-owner, Frank Peretti was convicted on animal-cruelty charges.
So the Democratic Sponsors are:
Robert A Starr, Essex-Orleans.
Eldred M French, Rutland
John S Rodgers, Essex-Orleans
Joined by Republicans:
Norm H McAllister, Franklin
Richard A Westman, Lamoille
(b) A person commits the offense of agricultural facility fraud if the person, with the intent to commit an act that the person knows is not authorized by the facility’s owner:
(1) knowingly obtains access to an agricultural facility by false pretenses; or
(2) makes a knowingly false statement or representation as part of an application to be employed at an agricultural facility.
(c) A person who violates subsection (b) of this section shall be subject to an administrative penalty of up to $1,000.00 in accordance with section 15 of this title.
Is there any other need for this law other than preventing people like the Humane Society from exposing animal cruelty?