And the legislation wouldn't just penalize animal activists - whistleblowers, including regular workers, could also be found liable for documenting labor issues or food safety violations. Essentially, the bill could give agricultural operations license to operate without any public accountability.
"Animal cruelty is standard practice in the meat and dairy industries," Meier said. "These are the exact truths that happen behind closed doors that the industry ... does not want the American public to see."
This isn't legislators' first attempt at passing an ag-gag law in the state. A similar bill was introduced in North Carolina last year but failed to pass. Compassion Over Killing, as part of a coalition of welfare groups, is calling on North Carolina residents to contact their local congressmen and ask them to vote against the bill.