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Animal rights groups relieved Legislature threw out ‘Ag Gag’

By | 01.26.12 | 1:04 pm

The Humane Society of the United States and the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals are both applauding the Florida Legislature for throwing out a measure that would make it a crime for someone to take pictures on a farm without the owner’s permission.

Lawmakers bag ‘Ag Gag’

By | 01.25.12 | 12:23 pm

A state House criminal justice committee unanimously voted for an amendment today that would strike the controversial “Ag Gag” measure from an omnibus agriculture bill.

‘Ag Gag’ hits snag

By | 01.23.12 | 12:27 pm

During a state Senate agriculture committee today, a measure created to stop animal rights activists from taking pictures of farming operations in Florida was asked to be amended before receiving a vote.

‘Ag Gag’ passes through committee

By | 01.13.12 | 7:33 am

An omnibus agriculture bill containing a provision written to stop animal rights activists and food justice advocates from taking pictures of farming operations in Florida passed through an agriculture committee this week.

State senator brings back ‘Ag Gag’ bill

By | 12.09.11 | 10:05 am

State Sen. Jim Norman, R-Tampa, has reintroduced legislation to stop animal rights activists from obtaining photographic records of farming operations in Florida.

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After farm-photo bill dies in Florida, animal advocacy groups wary of Monsanto-backed version in Iowa

By | 05.18.11 | 9:17 am

While Sen. Jim Norman’s controversial farm-photo bill may have died in the Florida Legislature, animal rights advocates are cautiously acknowledging the victory is a temporary one whose significance may ultimately be thwarted by laws currently pending in Iowa and Minnesota.

The bill, which would have created penalties for taking pictures on farms, drew a firestorm of opposition from animal rights groups who felt it would hamper whistleblowers’ efforts to expose inhumane farming conditions.

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Farm photos now only a misdemeanor in Norman’s bill

By | 03.21.11 | 11:49 am

“If they don’t have anything to hide, what are they worrying about?”

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Egg producer requested Norman’s farm-photo felony bill; similar legislation pending in Iowa

By | 03.17.11 | 10:35 am

According to the Florida Farm Bureau, state Sen. Jim Norman, R-Tampa, drafted his controversial “Farms” bill at the behest of Wilton Simpson of Pasco County, whose Simpson Farms produces 21 million eggs annually for Florida’s second-largest egg seller, Tampa Farm Service, Inc. As currently written, Senate Bill 1246 would make photography “at or of a farm” a first-degree felony.

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Norman bill would make farm photography a first-degree felony; animal-rights groups outraged

By | 03.09.11 | 1:00 pm

A bill filed by state Sen. Jim Norman, R-Tampa, would make photographing farms without the written consent of the owner a first-degree felony in Florida. Senate Bill 1246, simply titled “Farms,” has caused a stir among animal-advocacy groups for comparing a potential whistleblower who might expose the realities of factory farming — or even a tourist snapping a photograph of cows grazing in a field — with those who commit murder or armed robbery.

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