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Tue., Feb. 11, 2014, 9:39 a.m.

Testimony: ‘You will be vilified’

More testimony from the hearing on SB 1337 this morning:

Bob Naerebout of the Idaho Dairy Association told the House Agriculture Committee, “If you vote for this bill, and you vote yes, I can guarantee what’s going to happen. You will be vilified. You will be vilified just like other legislators that are our co-sponsors are vilified, and you will be vilified like Louie Bettencourt, and to me, that’s not bad company to be in.”

Matthew Dominguez of the Humane Society of the United States – which has been running TV commercials during the Olympics against the bill - told the committee, “If this law was in effect in 2012, the investigation at Bettencourt Dairies could not have happened, and still this abuse could be happening to this day and would not have come to light.”

Sen. Jim Patrick, R-Twin Falls, said, “Is this any effort to stop whistleblowers? It absolutely is not. ... I know the dairy industry has a policy to encourage whistleblowers. They don’t want employees going in and causing abuse – it hurts the production of the animals.”

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Betsy Z. Russell
Betsy Z. Russell joined The Spokesman-Review in 1991. She currently is a reporter in the Boise Bureau covering Idaho state government and politics, and other news from Idaho's state capital.

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