From ABC News:
“Idaho Governor C.L. “Butch” Otter has signed the latest so-called “Ag Gag” bill, making the state the seventh in the nation to criminalize hidden camera recording inside farm facilities – a tactic used by animal rights groups to expose alleged animal abuse and cruelty.
“We’re tickled,” Senator Jim Patrick, one of the bills’ sponsors, told ABC News Friday afternoon, calling the law “enforceable and constitutional.” “It’s a relief to have it done and settled,” he said.
The law will put anyone convicted of recording hidden camera video inside an agriculture operation in jail for a year. There is also a $5000 fine.
In debating the bill, legislators cited undercover footage taken at Bettencourt Dairies that aired last year on ABC News “Nightline” – showing horrific abuse of cows. An activist working for the group Mercy for Animals recorded brutal abuse of cows in 2012, including the beating and shocking of the animals. The video was turned over ….”