“What are they trying to hide?” asks renowned gossip blogger Perez Hilton in his brand-new PETA video slamming Florida State Senate Bill 1246, which, if passed, would criminalize filming during undercover investigations of cruelty to farmed animals.
In the video, the Florida native explains—over graphic video footage—why the legal right to record video footage of factory farms is so important: It allows investigators to alert law-enforcement officials to illegal animal abuse.
“A citizen’s right to document cruelty to animals—wherever it occurs—is crucial to helping local, state, and federal officials enforce anti-cruelty laws,” says Hilton. “What we need are more cameras on factory farms, not fewer.”
Hilton’s video contains footage from previous PETA investigations in Iowa, Oklahoma, and West Virginia. These investigations documented shocking animal abuse and led to multiple charges of livestock neglect and abuse and even counts of felony cruelty to animals. Bill 1246—and similar pieces of legislation in Iowa and Minnesota—would keep this kind of illegal animal abuse out of sight, effectively giving carte blanche to animal abusers on factory farms. Hilton joins PETA in calling on all concerned consumers to speak out against these new bills.
Hilton isn’t the only celebrity to tackle these bills; Iowa native Cloris Leachman has condemned Iowa’s similar House File 589.