Factory Farms Not Given a Constitutional Right to Harm: SJR 12 Defeated

CagedChickensSJR 12 DEFEATED IN A STUNNING SENATE FLOOR VOTE!

The “Right to Harm” resolution was defeated on the Senate floor in a surprising vote of 28-22! Thanks to all of our supporters and partners who fought so hard to defeat this dangerous piece of legislation and to the legislators who were willing to stand up for Indiana’s people, animals, and environment with their vote. Please take time to personally thank the legislators below for their votes in opposition to this damaging resolution:

Senator Ron Alting
Senator Jim Arnold
Senator Amanda Banks
Senator Eric Bassler
Senator Vaneta Becker
Senator Richard D. Bray
Senator Jean Breaux
Senator John Broden
Senator Liz Brown
Senator Ed Charbonneau
Senator Michael Crider
Senator Jon Ford
Senator Susan Glick
Senator Brandt Hershman
Senator Luke Kenley
Senator Tim Lanane
Senator Patricia Miller
Senator Pete Miller
Senator Rick Niemeyer
Senator Chip Perfect
Senator Jeff Raatz
Senator Lonnie Randolph
Senator Earline S. Rogers
Senator Mark Stoops
Senator Karen Tallian
Senator Greg Taylor
Senator Brent Waltz
Senator Joseph C. Zakas

OR CLICK HERE TO SEND AN EMAIL TO ALL THE ABOVE SENATORS!

Check out HEC’s own Kim Ferraro on the “No Limits” show on WFYI, talking about the defeat of SJR 12 and what it means for Indiana.

And please stay informed and involved, as we know that this harmful language will likely make another appearance next year!

Background on SJR 12:

The Hoosier Environmental Council had serious concerns with SJR 12 which proposed to amend the Indiana Constitution’s Bill of Rights to create a guaranteed right to “employ effective agricultural technology and livestock production and ranching practices.”

Giving the same sacred protection to livestock production practices as received by right to vote and freedoms of speech and religion, would have provided the livestock industry with legal immunity and protection not enjoyed by any other industry in the state – and would have made it very hard for state regulators to protect Hoosiers from factory farm pollution.

More detailed talking points/explanations can be found in the Hoosier Environmental Council’s Policy Analysis of SJR 12.