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Indiana’s Whistleblower Bill

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Animal rights and environmental organizations for years have used hidden cameras to blow the whistle on inhumane or illegal practices at factory farms. Taken secretly by employees or those taking tours of the facilities, videos have shown instances of animal cruelty and pollution at industrial agriculture operations around the country. But some legislators are doing their best to stop the practice in Indiana. A bill that passed the state Senate last week would make it illegal to take undercover video or photographs in any private business in the state. While its proponents say it targets activists, some say the legislation could also pose legal risks to journalists and other members of the public. The bill is supported by groups such as the Indiana Farm Bureau and it’s being pushed by several Republicans in the state legislature. For today’s WFHB feature exclusive, WFHB Assistant News Director Joe Crawford spoke with Kim Ferraro, an attorney with the Hoosier Environmental Council, about the proposed law.

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