Ag-Gag Laws: Targeting Investigators, Whistleblowers, and Journalists

Pig factory farm, gestation crates“Ag-gag” bills are being introduced around the country in an attempt to censor whistleblowers, investigators, and journalists who expose animal welfare abuses on factory farms and slaughterhouses.

Investigations by groups like the Humane Society, Mercy for Animals, and Compassion Over Killing have exposed shocking animal cruelty and consumer health dangers in the food industry. They have led to the largest meat recall in US history, criminal charges, and international media exposure.

Rather than put a stop to these abuses, corporations are trying to criminalize the whistleblowers who expose them.

Must-read articles about how ag-gag laws affect workers, activists, and journalists:

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The American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) and ag-gag:

Examples of ag-gag legislation:

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Here is a full list of recent articles about ag-gag bills:

BREAKING: Idaho #AgGag Law Struck Down as Unconstitutional

Idaho’s “ag-gag” law has been struck down as an unconstitutional attempt by corporations to silence their critics who expose animal cruelty.

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Investigator Speaks As She Heads to Jail for Exposing Factory Farm Cruelty

Interview with Amber Canavan days before she began her jail sentence for investigating a foie gras factory farm.

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Here’s How #AgGag Made it Illegal to Expose Abuse at Daycares

VICE News interviews Will Potter about the evolution of ag-gag laws, and how they put vulnerable populations at risk.

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In Wyoming it’s now illegal to collect data about pollution

A new Wyoming law expands on the “ag-gag” trend of criminalizing whistleblowers in a new way: making it illegal for citizens to gather data about environmental pollution. Wyoming’s Senate Bill 12, or the “Data Trespassing Bill” as it’s being called, criminalizes the collection of “resource data.” It defines collection as “to take a sample of […]

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Exposing Cruelty in Nursing Homes, Factory Farms, Daycares Now a Crime in North Carolina

Despite opposition from a wide range of groups, including AARP, veterans, journalists, and animal welfare advocates, North Carolina lawmakers have overriden the governor’s veto of their ag-gag bill.

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Interview with Will Potter on Rising Against the International Criminalisation of Activism

Australian animal rights campaigner Patty Mark is arrested for an open rescue of abused hens. Will Potter speaks with Progressive Podcast Australia about the international criminalization of dissent.

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#AgGag Victory! North Carolina Governor Vetoes Bill

North Carolina’s governor has vetoed the latest attempt to criminalize anyone who exposes animal cruelty on factory farms.

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SOLE Interviews Will Potter About DIY Ethics, Art in a Digital Age, and Civil Unrest

Sole interviews Will about government repression, the precarious nature of being a writer/artist in the digital age, and much more.

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New York State Bar Association #AgGag Lecture Coming Up

Will Potter to address the New York Bar Association on ag-gag laws.

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The Role of Journalists in Protecting Animals: Interview with Will Potter

The Animal Legal Defense Fund interviews Will Potter about the importance of journalists and whistleblowers exposing animal abuse.

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