Texas HB 1643 would classify Confined Animal Feeding Operations (CAFOs) as “critical infrastructure,” in the same category as power plants and petroleum refineries.
What does this mean?
- It would be illegal to simply fly a drone over any CAFO in Texas, even if you don’t take pictures;
- Flying a drone over a CAFO would be a Class B misdemeanor, punishable by jail time;
- Even university researchers would not be able to take pictures of CAFOs for academic and research purposes.
Help us stop this new variation on the Ag-gag laws!
It is already illegal to take pictures of private property in Texas. Not only is taking drone pictures of private property a misdemeanor, but the individual or property owner may bring a civil suit against the person operating the drone, with penalties of $5,000 to $10,000, plus actual damages and attorneys’ fees.
But HB 1643 would mean that, instead of facing fines, people who take drone pictures of CAFOs could go to jail.…