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:

Television and Radio Interviews

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

Examples of ag-gag legislation:

Undercover Investigators Speak Out:

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

URGENT: Kentucky #AgGag Law Meant to Keep You From Seeing Shocking “Piglet Smoothie” Investigation

Kentucky is the latest state to consider “ag-gag” legislation, which would make it illegal to photograph animal cruelty on farms and slaughterhouses. The was introduced just weeks after a Kentucky pig factory investigation.

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BREAKING: We’re Suing Idaho to Overturn #AgGag Law Against Filming Animal Cruelty

A diverse coalition of organizations and journalist Will Potter have filed a lawsuit to strike down Idaho’s new “ag-gag” law as unconstitutional.

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Coming Soon…

I’m off to Vancouver for the TED conference, but before I go I wanted to tell ya’ll to keep your eyes open for a new project that will be coming out in the next week..

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Al Jazeera Discusses Ag-Gag Laws and the Corporate War on “Eco-Terrorism”

Will Potter looks at “ag-gag” laws and how corporations are trying to silence dissent.

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BREAKING: Idaho Governor Signs Ag-Gag Law Making It Illegal to Expose Animal Cruelty

Idaho cracks down on whistleblowers rather than those who are abusing animals.

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URGENT: Idaho “Ag-Gag” Law Would Make It Illegal to Photograph Factory Farm Cruelty

Idaho’s dairy industry is trying to rush through a new law making it illegal to expose animal welfare violations, like this recent investigation by Mercy For Animals.

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Attack On Factory Farm Whistleblowers Goes Global

“Ag-gag” laws targeting undercover investigators are being exported to other countries.

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“The American animal industry is scared.”

Check out this fantastic column in the Chattanooga Times Free Press about ag-gag laws and Will Potter’s lecture.

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BREAKING: Charges Dropped Against Investigator Who Filmed Animal Cruelty

In yet another blow to the ag industry’s attempts to silence whistleblowers, the charges against Taylor Radig have been dropped.

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I’m Speaking in Chattanooga on Ag-Gag Laws…

Ag-gag bills are already being introduced again. Come learn more, and help shut them down.

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