The bill, HB 2150, also left out crimes of abandonment and medical neglect for farm animals and was supported by much of the state's farming community. But national welfare groups and Arizona animal lovers roundly condemned it. Many have called it another arm of the ag-gag movement, which until now has focused on silencing whistleblowers from exposing conditions inside factory farms.
Anita Carswell, of In Defense of Animals, told The Dodo that it's increasingly hard to pass ag-gag legislation as public awareness grows, so factory farmers are turning to alternative legislation like HB 2150 to protect them from cruelty charges.
"[The sentiment is] 'If we can't make it illegal to photograph it, we can make it not so illegal to do it,'" she said.
The bill was Ducey's first veto in office.