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Opening Arguments

Beware the vigilante shutterbugs

Boy, the General Assembly seems to be suffering from a severe case of -- what shall we call it? -- vegephobia. First, there was the bill to make the "right to hunt, fish and farm" a constitutional right. Now there's this:


A bill that would make it a crime to take photographs or shoot footage without permission inside Indiana farms and businesses has advanced in the Legislature, pitting property rights supporters against animal welfare activists.

The bill was approved on a 7-2 vote Tuesday by a Senate panel and now heads to the full Senate.

Republican state Sen. Travis Holdman of Markle said his bill targets what he calls "vigilantes" who enter private property with the sole intent of obtaining undercover photos or videos.

Are the vegetarian animal-rights whackos getting ready to go terrorist on us? Have they hired a team of ninjas to take out hunters and -- gasp! -- videotape farmers? Somebody call Homeland Security; this may be serious.



Harl Delos
Thu, 02/14/2013 - 1:52pm

There have een signs up for five years at the drive-thru of Lancaster PA-area Burger Kings saying that cameras aren't allowed to be used on the premises, but I don't think it was anything to do with vegetarians.  I like Whoppers, because of all the fixin's, but the placs aren't being run right.  The pass-thru has strings of old paint, plastic or whatever hanging down to fall into your food, and if you watch the workers, they place their hands all sorts of places, then handle your food without washing them.

I like the Steak & Shake attitude better.  Their signs say "In sight, it must be right."  If I were running advertising for Steak & Shake, I'd run a few ads saying the legislature is trying to protect businesses from being embarassed on YouTube, but they aren't protecting voters by doing that, then run a copy of the Steak & Shake logo.