Creates an Ag-Gag Law in Texas (HB 1480/SB 472)
HB 1480/SB 472 would create an Ag-Gag law in Texas — preventing the public from learning about animal cruelty.
The Animal Legal Defense Fund opposes language in this bill.
HB 1480/SB 472 would create an Ag-Gag law in Texas — preventing the public from learning about animal cruelty. These bills could deter whistleblowers and undermine the reporting of animal cruelty and other violations on factory farms and slaughterhouses.
Undercover investigations have revealed severe animal abuse on factory farms — animals beaten, maimed, and mutilated. The ability to investigate, document, and publicize corporate agriculture’s abuses is not only critical to protecting the well-being of animals but also human health and safety. Factory farming is already responsible for numerous zoonotic disease outbreaks including 1997 Bird Flu (H5N1) and the 2009 Swine Flu (H1N1). It’s essential that health and safety violations are promptly uncovered and addressed.
Ag-Gag laws also endanger workers. Even pre-pandemic, working in a slaughterhouse was one of the most dangerous jobs in the United States. The COVID-19 pandemic has compounded the dangers of working in slaughterhouses and meatpacking plants. These facilities are hotspots for COVID-19 outbreaks due to unsanitary and cramped working conditions, with hundreds of facilities across the country reporting COVID-19 cases. Ag-Gag laws discourage whistleblowing regarding worker safety issues, as well.
The bills are authored by Representative John Cyrier (R-17) and Senator Lois W. Kolkhorst (R-18).
Learn more about Ag-Gag laws.