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Ag Gag Bills Dying Off in Early 2015

Sarah Damian | April 7, 2015

Ag Gag laws that aim to criminalize truth-tellers at factory farms have been introduced in various states, but opposition is strong. The Food Integrity Campaign is happy to share some good news: measures in Arkansas and Kentucky have both failed, and New Mexico’s legislature allowed its Ag Gag bill to languish, leaving it “almost certainly dead” before the session ended.

These bills continue to raise constitutional concerns, as well as general skepticism as to what the industry has to hide. Even the National Pork Producers Council noted that 99 percent of news stories about Ag Gag were negative. People want the truth and Ag Gag means concealing the truth about animal welfare, food safety, the environment, worker rights, and transparency issues.

Meanwhile, Ag Gag laws in Idaho and Utah are currently being challenged in federal courts, with action on both cases scheduled for later this year. We’ll keep you updated as news unfolds.

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Sarah Damian is Communications Manager for the Food Integrity Campaign.

4 Comments

  1. Orpha Dess WIlsoon says:

    WE NEED MORE RESPECT FOR OUR MEAT INDI=USTERY TREATMENT OF ANIMALS COWS, HOORSES, PIGS SHEEP..ALL F THEM…NEED NATURAL FOOD NOT ANTIBIOTIC FILLED MEATReport

  2. Dawn St Clair says:

    Just because these precious animals are raised for food does not give anyone the right to abuse them or crate them or stuff antibiotics down there throats. These animals have right and deserve to live a caring living respected life. It’s lest we can do since we are taking their lives to feed us. Stop abusing and neglecting all animals it’s evil and disgusting. If you see it get it on tape and take it to national TV stations anyone why does this should be expose for the ignorant and evil person they areReport

  3. Elke Newton says:

    I very much agree with you Dawn, these are evil and greedy people who do such horrid things …
    ANY place that abuses animals denying them their rights to live the way they are intended to live.needs to be shut down…. Factory farm are nothing but torture chambers where the most horrid of cruelty is legal , and they need to be shut down ASAP and the owners and their employees should face stiff punishment, I cannot believe these things are going on in a supposedly civilized world…Where did humanity go?? And the ag gag wants to criminalize the truth tellers, and protect these people at the factory farms doing unspeakable torture to these animals?? Well, if that’s not a crock of Ironie…THE PUBLIC NEEDS TO BE MADE AWARE OF THESE PLACES AND THANKS TO THESE TRUTH TELLING HEROES ITS HAPPENING….I was not even aware of what a factory farm is, I thought they were actual farms, thats how most people think….I certainly am glad these places are getting exposed…the AG dept should be ashamed to want to swipe these things going on at factory farms, “under the table” ……I salute the truth tellers….Report

  4. MYG says:

    Ag-gag should not be tolerated in The Land Of The Free. I could move to N. Korea if I wanted to be thrown in jail for documenting illegality, or have legislators make up laws that deem otherwise illegal acts legal to benefit a special group. It should make every American’s blood run cold. The brazenness of these politicians foisting this garbage on the American citizens shows how little shame they have or care to pretend to have. It is reprehensible.Report

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