Gov. Otter signs controversial ‘Ag Gag’ Bill into law

Gov. Otter signs controversial ‘Ag Gag’ Bill into law »Play Video
People who secretly film animal abuse face fines and jail.
BOISE, ID - In the state capitol Friday, Governor Otter signed a bill into law that jails and fines people who secretly film animal abuse.

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Governor Otter said it's a measure that protects the dairy industry and their livelihood. Supporters of the bill said undercover videos don't curb abuse and actually hurt the dairy industry. The bill orders people caught filming animal abuse to face a year in jail and a $5,000 fine.

The Ag Gag Bill was written after an animal rights group from California filmed workers at Bettencourt Dairy beating, stomping and sexually abusing cows in 2012. Bettencourt Dairy is about 20 minutes outside of Twin Falls.