INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Changes to a bill aimed at cracking down on farm
trespassers in Indiana might appease opponents, who for months criticized it
as punishment for whistleblowers.
The Senate criminal law committee approved an amended version of the bill
Tuesday. A version from last session banned secret videotaping or
photography at farms, but the latest rewrite only increases protection
against trespassers who cause physical damage to farm property.
Previous versions would have criminalized any act causing monetary loss.
The Humane Society of the United States is holding back judgment until it
can vet the new language. Still, public policy director Matthew Dominguez
said the seeming concern for public safety, animal welfare and environmental
issues is “welcome.”