Chobani urges Otter to veto "ag-gag" bill

February 28, 2014 

Hamdi Ulukaya, founder and CEO of Greek yogurt maker Chobani, wants Idaho Gov. Butch Otter to veto the animal abuse bill known as the "ag-gag" bill.

The bill passed through both houses of the Legislature and awaits Otter's signature. The bill outlaws taking photos or video on the property of an agricultural operation. The bill stemmed from a video released by Los Angeles-based vegetarian and animal rights group Mercy for Animals that showed workers beating, stomping and sexually abusing cows in 2012 at Bettencourt Dairies in the Magic Valley, which is also home to a Chobani factory.

Ulukaya urged Otter to veto the bill in a release.

"As someone who grew up on a farm, I believe deeply that the humane treatment of animals is an ethical and moral imperative and, having spent a lot of time in upstate New York and Idaho, I know hundreds of farmers feel the same."

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