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Celebrities urge McCrory to veto 'ag-gag' bill

Posted May 22, 2015

Martha Stewart is among the celebrities taking part in a Twitter campaign to urge Gov. Pat McCrory to veto a bill that would allow businesses to sue people for undercover investigations.

— The fight over undercover investigations at farms and other North Carolina businesses has gone Hollywood, with celebrities from Martha Stewart to Kesha urging Gov. Pat McCrory to veto legislation sitting on his desk.

State lawmakers this week passed House Bill 405, dubbed the "Property Protection Act." The bill would allow a business or property owner to seek damages against any employee who intentionally enters an unauthorized area of that business or property to record video or sound.

Backers of the proposal say it will protect business owners from rivals or activist groups that may send in members to be hired and work undercover with the intent of stealing information or exposing workplace practices.

Animal rights organizations call it an "ag-gag" bill, arguing that it is targeted at stopping undercover operations at agriculture facilities such as poultry farms. Several such operations in North Carolina in recent years have produced video of workers abusing birds.

The final version of the legislation isn't limited to agriculture, however. It would apply to any employee in any place of business.

McCrory has until May 30 to act on the bill. Unless he vetoes it, it will become law with or without his signature.

A Twitter campaign calling for a veto has picked up steam in recent days, with domestic diva Stewart, singer Kesha, actress Andie McDowell, "Will & Grace" star Eric McCormack, race car driver Leilani Munter, and others lending their names to the cause.

There was no word from McCrory's office his plans for handling the bill.

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  • Clarence Hill May 27, 2015
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    Concerning the "stuff" I've written--I have done my homework. AKC is the "good guy" industry, which NC is proud of. HSUS and PETA are the "bad guys". No brag--just fact. Deur, when you eat meat, as I do, you're are on HSUS's "black list". HSUS and PETA are anti-domestication. They are motivated by the belief "ANY HUMAN CONTACT, WITH ANY ANIMAL, FOR ANY DOMESTICATED PURPOSE, EQUALS (=) ANIMAL ABUSE. If you ate a bacon/egg/cheese biscuit, with a glass of cow's milk, for breakfast--HSUS says all those items resulted from animal abuse. HSUS's bottom line: they want to put us out of the animal business--period. According to HSUS--there is is NO way to to raise and process an animal humanely. Don't be duped and fooled by HSUS and PETA. Jump-the-fence and join the "good guys".

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  • Lisa Marie Fields May 26, 2015
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    I agree 100%, as long as they are behaving then there should be no problems with this. If McCroy vetos this then he doesn't have a heart, I have seen the videos that were taken at the different farms in NC and they are appalling. If he vetos this then he is no better than the people that are beating and harming these animals.

  • Matt Wood May 26, 2015
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    You can't argue with Clarence Hill. Just look up stuff he's written on other news comment boards and his Facebook page. He constantly opposes puppy mill bills and is clearly a shill for the AKC who will profit from these sorts of laws.

  • Aanritsen Deur May 25, 2015
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    Ok, but sometimes it takes a little wrong to catch a bigger wrong.
    If I overheard my employer planning to shoot the president, according to your logic, I should just keep my mouth shut then?

  • Aanritsen Deur May 25, 2015
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    What a twisted way of looking at this!
    Even those of us who eat meat KNOW it can be raised and processed humanely, and that's all we ask for.

  • Aanritsen Deur May 25, 2015
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    LOL
    But remember, Martha spent a couple of years in prison for ticking someone mighty off herself.

  • Aanritsen Deur May 25, 2015
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    Then it they turn out to be right (for a change), we will have done the wrong thing.
    No thanks.

  • Aanritsen Deur May 25, 2015
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    We've been trying to get the puppy mill bill passed in NC for over a decade, so it's not all McCrory and his ilk, it is also many who went before them.

  • Melissa Noderer May 25, 2015
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    I find it most ironic that Gov McCrory has such a passion to close down puppy mills, and the NC Legislature finally passed a bill with puppy mill regulations. Yet they don't see anything unethical/immoral/outrageous about this a-gag bill. Protect puppies..but kick turkeys; bury animals alive etc is OK if it protects big business. Let's not forget, that the fracking industry is also protected from disclosing chemicals used in the fracking process. What a messed up bunch of lawmakers we have here in NC. I hope the Gov has the wherewithal to veto the ag-gag bill.

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