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8:26 AM Thu, Sept. 20th

New California law targets activists

LOS ANGELES — A new state law designed to shield farms from protesters and protect the food supply from contagious disease has drawn the ire of activists, who say the law will inhibit their ability to document cases of animal abuse.

The law proposed by state Sen. Charles Poochigian, R-Fresno, will make trespassing on lands where animals are raised for human consumption a misdemeanor punishable by six months in jail and/or a $1,000 fine. Currently, someone who trespasses faces a citation and a $10 fine.