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Tuesday, January 15, 2013

NH bill requires submitting animal cruelty recordings

CONCORD (AP) - Animal rights groups are objecting to a New Hampshire bill that would require people who record animal cruelty against livestock to turn the unedited pictures or video into police within 24 hours.

The House Environment and Agriculture Committee is holding a hearing Tuesday on the bill that makes it the duty of the person recording the abuse to report it. State Rep. Robert Haefner, a Hudson Republican and the bill's prime sponsor, said he wants to stop the abuse immediately and to prevent animal rights groups from holding onto recordings that could stop the abuse and instead using the evidence months later for their political purposes. ...

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CONCORD (AP) - Animal rights groups are objecting to a New Hampshire bill that would require people who record animal cruelty against livestock to turn the unedited pictures or video into police within 24 hours.

The House Environment and Agriculture Committee is holding a hearing Tuesday on the bill that makes it the duty of the person recording the abuse to report it. State Rep. Robert Haefner, a Hudson Republican and the bill's prime sponsor, said he wants to stop the abuse immediately and to prevent animal rights groups from holding onto recordings that could stop the abuse and instead using the evidence months later for their political purposes.

The Humane Society of the United States and other animal rights groups said the bill would prevent whistleblowers from exposing the mistreatment of animals.