Several state legislatures have introduced bills that seek to penalize undercover efforts meant to expose animal cruelty on factory farms.
Cruelty to animals must be exposed and dealt with and often that requires investigators have the freedom to gather information and document inhumane acts. By making illegal the right to investigate such activities, cruelty to animals is dealt a backwards blow and perpetrators are allowed to continue the abuse.
Animal cruelty poses a definite risk to a community and society as a whole. Intentional animal cruelty is of particular concern as it is a sign of psychological distress and often indicates an individual may be predisposed to committing acts of violence. Investigative reports exposing animal cruelty should, therefore, be of great concern to law enforcement and the judiciary and to all citizens of a community where such acts are perpetrated.
Mental health professionals and top law enforcement officials consider the blatant disregard for life and suffering evidenced by all forms of cruelty to animals to be an unquestionable warning sign. In fact, the American Psychiatric Association identifies cruelty to animals as one of the diagnostic criteria for conduct disorders; and the FBI uses reports of animal cruelty in analyzing the threat potential of suspected and known criminals.
Undercover investigations are a necessary piece of our democratic system and have been crucial in uncovering illegal activities. Uncovering animal cruelty regardless of its source and location is requisite to living a humane life; therefore, we do a disservice to our fellow human beings when we allow cruelty to animals to go unreported.
If you live in one of the states listed below, contact your legislators and urge them to oppose bills that limit uncover investigations of animal cruelty on factory farms. If you are not a resident of one of the states below, contact your legislators and let them know you oppose any efforts in the legislature to hamper undercover investigations of animal cruelty in factory farms in your state.