Kentucky bill takes aim at animal-rights videos at farms

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) -- A bill aimed at punishing animal-rights activists with jail and fines for secretly filming farm operations has cleared the Kentucky Senate.
But that's as far as the bill may go.

The provision to criminalize undercover filming or photographing of animal operations was added to a House bill that originally prevented animal shelters from using gas chambers as a form of euthanasia.
Rep. Joni Jenkins, sponsor of the original bill, said Friday she won't ask the House to take up the broader measure.

She says the state shouldn't punish whistleblowers for exposing public health risks at factory farms.
The Senate amended the bill to make it a misdemeanor to film farm operations without the landowner's consent.

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