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Ag-Gag Laws

Ag-Gag laws seek to “gag” would-be whistleblowers and undercover activists by punishing them for recording footage of what goes on in animal agriculture.

As the name suggests, Ag-Gag laws seek to “gag” would-be whistleblowers and undercover activists by punishing them for recording footage of what goes on in animal agriculture. They were originally designed to prevent the public from learning about animal cruelty.

Stop Ag-Gag Laws

Undercover investigations and whistleblowers have exposed some of the worst aspects of factory farming, but Ag-Gag laws punish people who speak out about cruelty in animal agriculture. Voice your opposition.

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More recently, as is the case in North Carolina and Arkansas, states are passing laws which not only criminalize whistleblowing in agricultural facilities but any private business, including hospitals, elder care facilities, veteran care facilities, and schools.

Why Are Ag-Gag Laws Harmful?

The ability to investigate, document, and publicize corporate agriculture’s abuses is imperative both to the well-being of animals across the nation—and to our own health and safety.

Factory farms want to keep their cruel practices hidden from the public, but the public deserves the truth about the billions of animals suffering on industrial farms and whether laws are being broken, jeopardizing food safety, workers’ rights, and environmental standards.

Undercover investigations have revealed severe animal abuse on factory farms — animals beaten, kicked, maimed and thrown. These investigations have also exposed standard industry practices like the confinement of pregnant and nursing pigs in crates too small for them to turn around, the removal of horns and tails from animals without anesthesia, and sick and downed cows dragged on the ground before they are slaughtered.

The Latest About Ag-Gag Laws

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Court Strikes Down Iowa Recording Ban Ag-Gag Law

The U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Iowa ruled Iowa’s latest Ag-Gag law is unconstitutional, holding that the law — which created a new crime of trespassing to engage in video and audio recording — violates the First Amendment.
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Victory for Animals and Free Speech as U.S. Supreme Court Declines to Review Kansas Ag-Gag Law

The court denying review of the case cements the Animal Legal Defense Fund-led coalition victory in Kansas for animal protection, food safety, and worker safety
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Court Strikes Down Second Iowa Ag-Gag Law

Public interest coalition celebrates another win against unconstitutional statute barring undercover investigations at factory farms
Appeals Court Affirms Kansas Ag-Gag Law is Unconstitutional

Appeals Court Affirms Kansas Ag-Gag Law is Unconstitutional

Animal Legal Defense Fund-led coalition wins major victory for animal protection, food and worker safety, and the First Amendment

See a timeline of key dates in the Animal Legal Defense Fund’s opposition to Ag-Gag laws.

 

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