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House passes bill to stop 'animal-rights terrorists' shooting video on farms

SALT LAKE CITY -- State lawmakers took aim at what one representative calls “animal-rights terrorists” who shoot videos or photos on farmers’ property without permission to create propaganda to destroy the agriculture industry.

"This is not about animals. This is a group of people who want to put us out of business. Make no mistake about it," said Rep. Mike Noel, R-Kanab, a rancher and farmer.

Noel said ranchers are good people who care for their animals and "we certainly don't want some jack wagon coming in and taking pictures of them."

The Utah House on Friday overwhelmingly approved HB187, sponsored by Rep. John Mathis, R-Vernal, after some spirited debate. The bill now moves to the Senate. Democrats opposed to the measure called it too broad.

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