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    ...please provide information about this law in Illinois

    •  Agreed. Cannot find reference to this law (n/t) (0+ / 0-)

      Necessity is the plea for every infringement of human freedom. It is the argument of tyrants; it is the creed of slaves. - William Pitt

      by Phoenix Rising on Fri May 29, 2009 at 11:23:13 AM PDT

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    •  Correction - Not law, Il House passed, Not Senate (0+ / 0-)

      Il House 118-0 to ban pig photos or video

      If the corporate owners of factory farms like the Inwood Dairy have their way, Hudson's next flyover could land her in jail. In April, the Illinois House passed House Bill 5793, by a 118-to-0 vote, making it illegal to photograph or videotape the animals at a factory farm.

      The legislation, which is currently stalled in the State Senate, "makes it a crime to be on a farm (or other 'animal facility') and photograph or videotape pigs or any other animals without the consent of the owner if one's intent is to 'damage the enterprise,'" reports the Chicago Tribune. The bill defines "animal facilities" as "anywhere an animal is 'kept, housed, handled, exhibited, bred, raised, or offered for sale or purchase.' " The Peoria Journal Star, arguing against the need for such a bill, observed that it "would prohibit state inspectors from taking pictures to document their investigations of these farms."

      Sorry, that is what I get for going from memory about a 2002 bill.

      •  Here is where I read about it, but link fails (0+ / 0-)

        "Part of an old saying warns us never to watch sausages being made," begins an article in the Chicago Tribune which later goes on to state: "The other part of that old saying reminds us never to watch laws being made, either. And the story of this bill reminds us why." The article is about Illinois House Bill 5793, which seeks to make a crime of photographing or videotaping a factory farmed animal without the consent of the operation's owner (see back issue #65). A similar bill is being attempted in the Missouri legislature. The Illinois bill failed to make it out of committee in the state Senate in time for consideration this spring. It is expected to either be tacked on to other legislation this session or be reintroduced next fall.

        "Lawmakers stand up for pigs' privacy," The Chicago Tribune, Eric Zorn, April 30, 2002.

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