Trying to corral stampeding criticism, the Senate on Tuesday amended a bill that would once would have made it illegal to take photos of farm animals and operations without permission.
"This [now] doesn't include people who are going to a farm on a field trip" and take photos, said Sen. Dave Hinkins, R-Orangeville, about his amendments to HB187. "This is about people who gain access under false pretences. That's what this is all about."
He said it now more clearly targets groups such as People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals who apply to work under false pretences with the intent of filming operations secretly. With the amendments, the Senate voted 19-7 to give the bill preliminary approval and send it to a final Senate vote.