Don’t criminalize whistleblowing
As a wolf in sheep’s clothing, the N.C. Chamber of Commerce is trying to sneak Senate Bill 648 past consumers. Disguised as offering business protections, SB 648 would actually effectively halt whistleblowing investigations by criminalizing whistleblowers. The state of North Carolina already has defamation and trespass laws in place that protect employers from false accusations. Had this legislation been enacted, the 1996 Food Lion investigation by ABC would have been illegal, and consumers might still be purchasing expired and repackaged meat and dairy items.
The public might never have learned what the 2012 investigations revealed about Butterball facilities – egregious abuse of animals and the horrendous filth in which our food was being raised.
SB 648 is only really about halting investigations. These exposés stop animal abuse and prevent future abuse. This is a very dangerous bill in disguise.