Animal cruelty is only part of the issue:
Animal welfare and labor advocates began pressuring Gov. Pat McCrory this week to veto the bill. The Humane Society of the U.S. launched a week-long TV ad campaign.
The farm group’s letter says in part: “By permitting severe repercussions against those who report on illegal activity on farms, HB 405 grants a free pass to those recklessly cutting corners, and as such, directly threatens our economic viability as responsible farmers and food producers.”
I once saved an employee from being fired for taking a photograph on the production floor. A lady who had retired early to deal with cancer stopped by to visit her former coworkers, so they had a big group hug photo session. That I was right in the middle of, by the way. A week went by, then the President of the company called me into his office and told me to fire the girl who took the picture, because you could see some machinery in the background (our company rules prohibited photos in manufacturing areas). He backed off as soon as the word "cancer" was mentioned, and agreed to get rid of the rule after we had a discussion about how losing employees for stupid shit was a lot more likely than being a target of industrial espionage. ;) The moral of that story is, if given half a chance, management can become very oppressive and completely disregarding of worker's rights. And the last thing government needs to do is give them a thumb's-up to proceed with that.