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(US/ut) Bill targets ARAs' videos, photos on farms

SALT LAKE CITY -- Veterinarian and part-time farmer Rep. John Mathis, R-Vernal, wants to put a stop to what he called "animal-rights terrorists" who take videos or photos on farmers' property without permission to create propaganda aimed at destroying the agriculture industry.

"There are groups with the stated purpose to do away with animal agriculture, and that's egregious -- that's egregious to me," Mathis told legislators this week. "The animal welfare movement has become an animal rights movement, and that's wrong.

Mathis' bill, HB187, would make "agricultural operation interference" a crime, a class A misdemeanor on the first offense, a third-degree felony on the second.

While the House Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice Committee passed the bill out favorably on Tuesday, opposition remains from animal rights and criminal justice circles.

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