This one is a difficult one for some to keep from going political and we know politics is not a topic for these forums.
How do we address laws like this that can get one cited, arrested and possibly jailed for stopping alongside the road, setting up our 8x10 to photograph a hillside with grazing cattle or sheep, barn and whatnot in the image and the local Sheriff stops by and places you under arrest?
You know it is going to happen, especially in places where the controversy is a major topic of discussion.
For those who have had these encounters, you know how few in law enforcement understand 'art' with a camera and why some of us find the scene fascinating and want to photograph it - while the owner or deputy sees you as a threat of some kind and what you are doing to be somehow dangerous. Just look at train photo contests in New York being held while the transit cops arrest you for photographing the trains to enter in the contest. If it can be abused, it will be. All the while some of us(me included) get pissed and belligerant back when told we can't photograph something in plain sight from a public location or road.
Enter normal news photography and the 'public exposure' of problems, possible illegal activty and the like and you have laws that can be used to muzzle our news.
I live in farm country and most of my neighbors farm. Every on I know takes care of their animals and the land. It is their 'bowl of rice' and if they don't take care of the animals or land, they lose their way of life. The idea of middle of the night calving in sub zero temperatures is reality here. The idea of providing protected areas and care to the animals to maximize yield and profits makes sense. The reality that if you don't take care of your animals you neighbors will do something about is is real. We have one who did not take care of his horses and they were forcibly removed and relocated - and he knows in no uncertain terms that starving horses isn't tolerated. No sheriff involved, but you don't go against 20 neighboring farmers if you want to get along.
Who will be the first to challenge these laws with deliberate actions? Maybe do so with surreptitious videotaping the whole encounter to be used on the news and court later to show what really happened? It may come to that.
The part that is galling is just like the patriot act baloney that somehow photographers are an inherent danger to others. Just doesn't fly with me.