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Iowa makes it crime to lie to record animal abuse
DES MOINES, Iowa -- Iowa became the first state Friday to make it a crime to surreptitiously get into a farming operation to record video of animal abuse.
Republican Gov. Terry Branstad signed the law despite protests, letters and campaigns launched on Twitter and Facebook by animal welfare groups that have used secretly taped videos to sway public opinion against what they consider cruel practices.
But Branstad's action wasn't a surprise. Iowa is the nation's leading pork and egg producer, and the governor has strong ties to the state's agricultural industry. He signed the measure in a private ceremony and issued no statement about his decision.
Legislatures in seven other states -- Illinois, Indiana, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, New York and Utah -- have considered laws that would enhance penalties against those who secretly record video of livestock, though the efforts have stalled in some states.