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Fri., Feb. 28, 2014, 1:53 p.m.

Otter Signs ‘Ag-Gag’ Bill

Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter signed a bill threatening people who secretly film animal abuse at Idaho's agricultural facilities with jail and fines. Otter inked the new law Friday, two days after it cleared its final hurdle in the House. Otter, a rancher, said the measure promoted by the dairy industry “is about agriculture producers being secure in their property and their livelihood.” The bill came in response to videos released by Los Angeles-based vegetarian and animal rights group Mercy for Animals showing workers at Bettencourt Dairy beating, stomping and sexually abusing cows in 2012/Betsy Russell, Eye on Boise. More here.




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D.F. Oliveria
D.F. (Dave) Oliveria joined The Spokesman-Review in 1984. He currently is a columnist and compiles the Huckleberries Online blog and writes about North Idaho in his Huckleberries column.

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