Announcing the 2014 Australia Speaking Tour Against #AgGag Laws

by Will Potter on March 7, 2014

in News,Terrorism Legislation

voiceless-ag-gag-will-potter-keynoteI’m thrilled to announce that I’ll be the international keynote speaker for the 2014 Voiceless Animal Law Lecture Series. As you know, “ag-gag” laws are going global, and the factory farming industry in Australia is trying to model their legislation after what we’ve seen in states like Idaho. The focus of this lecture series couldn’t be more timely: “Ag-gag Laws: The Bid to Silence Animal Advocates.”

I’ll be visiting 12 venues throughout Australia, mainly universities and law schools. This will be the longest speaking tour I’ve ever done (over a month), and I can’t wait.

Here’s a bit more about the tour, and how to sign up!

Governments in the US have begun to threaten the work of animal advocates through the introduction of ‘ag-gag’ laws which, among other things, make it illegal to covertly film or photograph livestock facilities.

voiceless-lecture-series-ag-gag-will-potterIn 2006, the US government passed the Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act which packages up all forms of non-violent resistance that might threaten agricultural profits and labels them as acts of ‘domestic terrorism’.

Support for ag-gag legislation has now begun to creep into Australian politics, with parliamentarians from both sides of politics calling for similar laws. The 2014 Voiceless Animal Law Lecture Series will examine the rise of ag-gag laws and their effect on transparency and public discourse.

To present this topic, Voiceless is proud to welcome award-winning journalist and one of America’s foremost ag-gag experts, Will Potter, as our keynote speaker.

The lecture series will explore the use and manipulation of politics, the media and the law by agribusiness to demonise and undermine the animal protection movement, and incite fear within the public.

Find your local venue and register now.

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