On March 1, 2011 and March 8, 2011, Iowa introduced HF 431 and HF 589, respectively. These bills would prohibit a person from tampering with property associated with an animal facility or crop operation, including damaging property, killing or injuring an animal or crop, committing theft, or disrupting operations. They would also prohibit a person from interfering with an animal facility or crop operation. “Interfering with” an animal facility or crop operation would include producing an audio or visual record which reproduces an image or sound occurring on or in the location, or possessing or distributing the record.
The bills would also prohibit a person from exercising control over the location or property, with intent to deprive the owner of the property. A person would also be prohibited from entering onto the location, if the person has notice that the location is not open to the public. Finally, the bills would prohibit a person from committing fraud by obtaining access to an animal facility or crop operation by false pretenses for the purpose of committing an act not authorized by the owner, or by making a false statement as part of an application to be employed at the location.
Last month, Florida introduced a similar bill, S 1246, which would prohibit a person from entering onto a farm or photographing or video recording a farm without the owner’s written consent. The AVMA is unaware of the introduction or adoption of any similar bills in the past.
We are very interested in hearing your opinions on these bills.