From The New York Times:
Getting caught is a drag.
Just ask Kirt Espenson, whose employees at E6 Cattle Company in western Texas were videotaped bashing cowsÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ heads in with pickaxes and hammers and performing other acts of unspeakably sickening cruelty.
Yet if some state legislators have their way, horrific but valuable videos like that one will never be made. ...
In their infinite wisdom the legislatures of Iowa, Minnesota, Florida and others are considering measures that would punish heroic videographers like the one who spent two weeks as an E6 employee, who was clearly traumatized by the experience. (I spoke to him on the phone Saturday, with a guarantee of anonymity.)
MinnesotaÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Ã¢â‚¬Å“ag-gagÃ¢â‚¬Â law Ã¢â‚¬â€ isnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t that a great name? Ã¢â‚¬â€ would seek to punish not only photographers and videographers but those who distribute their work, which means organizations like the Humane Society of the United States and Mercy for Animals, which contracted the videographer for the E6 investigation.
(Related: Issue 2 discussion)