A law in New South Wales, Australia called The Surveillance Devices Act 2007 is trialing a blanket ban that prohibits filming or recording on private property and in turn preventing the filming of animal rights abuses taken while on private property and the publishing of private conversations.
Act now and urge the New South Wales government to revise this act and give people back the freedom to report animal abuses and show media footage without being criminalized for it!
The government maintains that the law protects privacy by preventing citizens from recording one another, which is an important measure. But animal rights activists claim this law goes too far by also preventing people from recording and sharing video footage of abuse and conversations implicating people in cruelty.
If this law continues as is, farm animals behind closed doors are at risk of abuse and will lose some of the only advocates and protectors they have – whistleblowers who gather evidence of the cruelties committed against them.
There are other laws that prevent people from trespassing on farms and private property, but farmers are in favor of this one in particular as it prevents the filming and sharing of footage from the locations activists visit – legally gagging their voices and rendering evidence they gather as useless. If the law in New South Wales is amended to grant certain immunity to people who uncover violent crimes and welfare violations, it will protect both animals and their advocates.
Sign now and help protect more animals from abuse by giving activists and whistleblowers back their political voices and freedoms!