Supporters of agricultural whistleblowers in Illinois can breathe a sigh of relief after the state's "Ag Gag" bill was quietly tabled last week in the House Judiciary Committee. The proposed legislation criminalizes individuals who document visual or audio recordings at animal facilities (including slaughterhouses) without permission.
From the Chicago Tribune:
The bill’s opponents – who include some Illinois farmers, environmentalists and animal rights supporters – believe it prevents citizens from documenting environmental violations, protects bad actors and portrays good Illinois farmers as having something to hide. Many expressed relief that the bill will remain dormant at least until next session.