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Bill would ban photos, videos on farms

Lawmaker Jim Norman has introduced Senate Bill 1246, apparently in an effort to close the door on animal rights videos. It would make it a felony to take pictures of a farm without a farmer's written permission.

From MyFox Tampa Bay:

It's a war fought on YouTube.

"The footage you are about to see was recorded with a hidden camera," the announcer says over video of tiny chicks hatching on a fast moving conveyor belt.

The group "Mercy for Animals" infiltrates factory farms, pretending to be employees, and with hidden cameras, producing graphic videos of what they say is cruelty to animals.

Farmers counter that it's an unfair and illegal assault on their ability to feed America. They say the videos distort how farmers really treat their animals -- that the protests can only lead to higher food prices and lost jobs at a time when Florida is in tough economic straights.

Lawmaker Jim Norman has introduced Senate Bill 1246, apparently in an effort to close the door on those animal rights videos. It would make it a felony to take pictures of a farm without a farmer's written permission.

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