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:

TED Ideas Blog Asks: “Is This Really the America We Want?”

Will Potter’s short TED talk “should send chills down all our spines.”

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New TED Talk: “The shocking move to criminalize nonviolent protest”

Will Potter’s TED talk is live, and on the homepage!

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I’m Crowdfunding My Next Investigation. (And There Will Be Drones)

Crowdfunding the use of new investigative journalism tools to expose what some corporations want to keep hidden.

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Australia’s #AgGag Laws Backed To Hide Animal Cruelty

“By eliminating that release to the media, it prevents the public and consumers from knowing what’s happening, which is the point of these ‘ag-gag’ laws,” Potter explained.

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“Whistleblowers should be praised, not prosecuted”

Great writeup in Melbourne’s Weekly Times about Will Potter’s lecture tour on how “ag-gag” laws are coming to Australia.

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ABC National Interview with Will Potter About What Australian Factory Farms are Trying to Hide

I spoke with the Law Report on Australia’s ABC National about why ag-gag laws are beginning to appear in Australia, and why animal agriculture industries are trying to criminalize undercover investigators.

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The Guardian on #AgGag: “The battle for animal welfare is a battle over information”

“The battle for animal welfare is a battle over information.”

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Australia Risks Copying U.S. #AgGag Laws to Turn Animal Activists into Terrorists

“Ag-gag” laws have spread rapidly, and today half a dozen states have made it illegal to film factory farms. Now, the agriculture industry wants to bring ag-gag to Australia.

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I’m Off to Australia for a Month-Long Tour Against #AgGag Laws

This is an incredible opportunity to stop these dangerous laws from spreading.

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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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