Iowa farm photography bill signed into law – illegal to lie to access farms

M. Scott Brauer - Cattle graze on a ranch near Highwood, Montana.

We wrote previously about Florida and Iowa lawmakers trying to make it illegal to record or photograph agricultural operations without the farm owner’s consent. Now, the Iowa bill has been signed into law, making it illegal to access farms without the owner’s consent and further making it illegal lie on farm job applications in order to gain access to farms. While the law no longer has language specifically addressing photography or video recording, both opponents and supporters of the law say that its intent is to prevent videos of farm operations from being made. Under the law, fraudulently entering a farm would be punishable by up to 1 year in prison and a $1,500 fine. Penalties increase for subsequent offenses. Activists have vowed to continue making videos of alleged animal cruelty, while supporters of the law say it strikes a balance in protecting farmers without preventing workers from reporting animal abuse through preexisting channels.

More states continue to press for similar laws. The Utah State House of Representatives recently passed Utah HB 187, which makes it a crime to record images or sounds of farm activity without the farm owner’s consent. Illinois, Indiana, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, and New York, are also considering such legislation.

As before, if you live in any of these states, contact your legislators.

One Response to “Iowa farm photography bill signed into law – illegal to lie to access farms”

  1. Vlad

    At the end of the day the bigger issue is not about animal cruelty per se. It is much more about what goes into human food chain. These laws are a huge win for Tysons of the world.

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