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(Neb.)- Activists Pounce On Nebraska Animal-Abuse Bill

By: Jeremy Anderson Posted at: 03/13/2013 01:45 PM
     LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - Activists are pouncing on a Nebraska bill that would impose a 24-hour reporting requirement for witnesses of animal abuse, and former television icon Bob Barker is jumping into the debate.
     Barker, the former host of "The Price is Right," sent a letter last week to the Legislature's Judiciary Committee, urging its members to kill the proposal. Animal-rights groups say it would cripple their ability to catch patterns of abuse at animal-processing facilities.
     The bill's sponsor, Sen. Tyson Larson of O'Neill, says many of those groups circulate animal-abuse footage for their own fundraising and political gain, in an effort to turn Americans against the industry.
     Barker tells The Associated Press that the bill is "ridiculous."
     Iowa passed a similar law last year, with bipartisan support.


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