North Carolina Governor Vetoes ‘Ag-Gag’ Bill, Wants Whistleblower Protections

May 31, 2015

The North Carolina bill giving animal agriculture a civil cause of action against activists who enter closed areas of private property without permission was vetoed Friday by Republican Gov. Pat McCrory.

In his veto message, McCrory said this about House Bill 405:

“This bill is intended to address a valid concern of our state’s businesses — how to discourage those bad actors who seek employment with the intent to engage in corporate espionage or act as an undercover investigator. This practice is unethical and unfair to employers, and is a particular problem for our agricultural industry. It needs to be…