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UPDATE (1/22/14): HB 110, the dangerous anti-whistleblower “ag-gag” bill that would have shielded animal abusers from scrutiny, was defeated!
A statement by The New Hampshire Federation of Humane Organizations: "On behalf of a united coalition of local, statewide and national animal welfare organizations, the New Hampshire Federation of Humane Organizations commends today's decision by the New Hampshire House of Representatives to table HB 110, a harmful measure that would protect animal abusers and complicate humane law enforcement instead of working to prevent cruelty and mistreatment. Legislators examined this bill and swiftly took the responsible action, having heard the many concerns raised by local animal shelters, civil liberty groups, legal experts and their own constituents. By stopping this harmful bill, New Hampshire has acknowledged the critical role an informed public plays in improving animal welfare and maintaining the integrity of the state's well-regarded animal welfare laws."
Please urge your NH State Representative to Vote No on H.B. 110 when it comes to vote on January 15th, 2014
Please act now to help prevent the passage of House Bill 110, a dangerous state bill that would hinder investigations into animal cruelty at agricultural businesses. The full New Hampshire House of Representatives is scheduled to vote on the bill on Wednesday, January 15 - just next week.
H.B. 110 is a whistleblower-suppression/"ag-gag" bill that would require any person witnessing 'cruelty to livestock' to report it to a law enforcement agency within 48 hours. While at first glance this seems like a good thing for animals, but in truth, this requirement would actually restrict and even prohibit efforts to build a solid case against abusers. A 48 hour time limit on gathering evidence will make it next to impossible to successfully prosecute animal cruelty on farms.
Please contact your state representative immediately and urge him/her to oppose H.B. 110 and stop it from progressing any further.
The New Hampshire Federation of Humane Organizations has come out in strong opposition to this bill stating that it will not only hinder investigations but creates a blanket exemption for farm managers and owners, who should be bound by even stronger regulations. Additionally, Animal Cruelty Investigators, including Steve Sprowl, of the New Hampshire SPCA with 25 years experience as a police officer, oppose H.B. 110 due to the time constraint and the fact that law enforcement is already overburdened and would not be able to conduct the investigation within the 48 hour time frame, thereby losing the opportunity to bring charges for animal cruelty.
Please contact your representative by phone and email and urge them to stop this harmful legislation. You can CLICK HERE to find your representatives and their contact information.
Thank you for speaking up for the animals.
New Hampshire SPCA
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