The New York Times reports legislatures in states with significant agricultural industries are considering bills to prevent animal activists groups from releasing video taken on farm property.

Agribusiness groups supporting the bills says undercover videos released by activists groups, including Mercy for Animals and HSUS, portray an inaccurate image of the average American farm to the public.

Matt Rice, Mercy for Animals’ director of operations defends his organization’s work. "What our investigations do is allow us to become the eyes and ears for the public," he told The New York Times.

The Iowa House passed a bill in March making it illegal to possess undercover videos. The Senate will decide on a companion bill. Both sides are focused on Iowa’s decision, as it could influence the fate of similar bills in other states.

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Source: The New York Times