Ag-Gag Vetoed!

By on May 29, 2015 with 13 Comments By Wayne Pacelle

North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory today vetoed a dangerous ag-gag bill that would have punished whistleblowers who report abuse at any workplace in the state, including factory farms, nursing homes, and day care centers.  “I won’t discourage employees from reporting illegal activities, which is why I vetoed HB 405,” the governor tweeted to his followers.

The bill’s defeat is the culmination of a major boots-on-the-ground campaign by The HSUS, including television ads that called on the governor to veto the bill. The AARP, ASPCA, Mercy for Animals, Compassion Over Killing, The Humane League, and other groups weighed in with their own memberships, and the governor’s office heard from so many North Carolina constituents who don’t want cruelty to be hidden from the public.

The Carolina Farm Stewardship Association delivered a letter from 47 North Carolina-based farmers to the governor. The News & Observer, Charlotte Observer, Fayetteville Observer, and News & Record all editorialized emphatically in favor of a veto.

A recent survey showed that 74 percent of North Carolinians support undercover investigations of animal abuse and food safety hazards, which this bill would have prevented. More than 130,000 people signed a petition urging Gov. McCrory to veto, and thousands of you tweeted, posted, and called.

A bevy of celebrities added their voices to a call for a veto, including North Carolina’s own Bellamy Young and  Andie MacDowell, as well as Kesha, Martha Stewart, Eric McCormack, Nikki Reed, Katherine Schwarzenegger, and more.

The factory farming industry does not want the public to see how animals are confined for their entire lives in small cages, and treated in such miserable ways.  They are lobbying to shield their activities from public view and from public scrutiny, and your HSUS is fighting back to pull back the curtain.

We applaud Gov. McCrory for standing up for the principles of promoting transparency and rooting out cruelty, whether to animals or to veterans or to senior citizens. We hope the North Carolina legislature will respect the veto and not attempt an override. Thanks to all of you who contacted the governor’s office and stood with us in this fight – you made a difference.

Animal Rescue and Care, Farm Animals, Public Policy (Legal/Legislative)

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  1. Robin Wright says:

    Wonderful news!!! Thank you so much Gov. McCrory!!

  2. connie says:

    Glad to hear that animals have right too and need to be deal with no animals need to be abused in any way

  3. Dan Hetland says:

    A huge thank you to North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory for his veto of HB 405. I find it inconceivable that any conscientious Legislator could even conceive a piece of legislation that would make it illegal to report criminal or acts dangerous to the public welfare. What’s next, Legislation making it illegal to inform Police or Law Enforcement about terroristic threats, drug dealers and murderers? There is something very wrong with our elected officials when they spend their time producing this type of legislation instead of trying to repair or correct the inequities we already face.

  4. Laura Umphenour says:

    Abautely WONDERFUL news. Thank you HSUS for continuing to protect the animals.

  5. Linda Arndt DVM says:

    Simply………thank you. Animals and people both feel pain and no type of cruelty should go unreported or should not be prosecuted, none.

  6. Trish Arnold says:

    Governor McCrory,
    We applaud you for speaking up for the innocent animals!! We are proud to have you as our Governor and thankful that you are not only a voice for North Carolina, but most of all, you are a voice for the animals!!

  7. Jean Oakes says:

    Thank you sir and God bless you.

  8. maerguerite lagala says:

    poor animals are being abused everyday,,,thank you for being there and caring,,,

  9. ej hirte says:

    Finally! Voice for the voiceless! Thank you!

  10. Carolyn Denton says:

    Thank you Governor McCrory for being an advocate for animal rights. May God Bless you for your veto of this horrible bill.

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