Anyone who thinks that the Humane Society of the United States or PETA doesn't use back-door tactics to try to keep things flowing their direction isn't paying attention. The latest sign that they are not only aware of what's going on in every legislature, but ready to take action, is a development in the Indiana legislature.
There is a bill that Indiana Farm Bureau, Inc., has been watching that would prohibit taking pictures on farms and in other agricultural situations without the owner's permission. The goal of the bill was to try to prevent damaging, questionable videos from being shot and leaked to news media outlets.
Bob Kraft says Indiana Farm Bureau has supported the bill. While it contains many exceptions, it would still send the message that this type of activity will not be condoned in Indiana.
Kraft was hopeful earlier in the session that the bill would pass, and still thinks it might, but some unexpected opposition has arisen – a letter from Bob Barker, the former host of the TV gameshow "The Price is Right" and an outspoken animal rights advocate. While Kraft doesn't believe it will change legislators' minds, it may help build public awareness and sway sentiment about the bill. Another semi-famous rock star also sent a similar letter.
"Our legislators won't be influenced by what these two people who have nothing to do with it think, but it might make a difference if their letters, publicized in the popular press, causes people to become interested and oppose the bill," he says.
Some media outlets oppose the bill because, they say, it limits their rights. The future of the bill at this point is uncertain.