The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) targets a so-called “ag gag” bill in North Carolina in a new television commercial.
The bill, called “The Commerce Protection Act,” would make it unlawful to make false statements on a job application (such as when an animal activist applies to work at a farm to investigate the farm).
Earlier this month, HSUS President and CEO Wayne Pacelle sent a letter to the North Carolina Chamber of Commerce, urging the Chamber to withdraw its support for the bill.
The Chamber of Commerce, meanwhile, stands by the bill, saying it “strengthens employment fraud prevention.”
“When an employer offers employment to an applicant, the employer has made a good faith commitment and will probably make a significant financial investment in educating and training that applicant,” the statement said. “If an applicant misrepresents his intentions in order to obtain employment for other purposes, the employer has lost that investment and the opportunity to employ another applicant who is interested in employment, and the employer is thus damaged.”
North Carolina is the latest state to draw ire from animal-rights activists by considering an “ag gag bill.” Tennessee recently received national attention after lawmakers passed a bill that would have limited the animal abuse reporting time frame. Both clergy and celebrities, including Carrie Underwood, led the campaign against the bill. Ultimately, Tenn. Gov. Bill Haslam vetoed the bill.