New York State Bar Association #AgGag Lecture Coming Up

by Will Potter on January 24, 2015

in News

pig-cage-factory-farmUPDATE: This has been canceled due to the blizzard. Organizers hope to reschedule. Sorry!

I’ve been invited to address the New York State Bar Association at the annual meeting in New York City this week. I’ll be talking about ag-gag laws that restrict consumers’ right to know what factory farms are doing to animals, workers and the environment.

Here’s a bit more:

Gagging a Movement? Understanding “Ag Gag” Laws and How They Affect Free Speech, Privacy Rights and the Protection of Animals.

This program will provide a detailed analysis of the inception of “ag gag” laws. Topics to be covered will include: the enactment and enforcement of “ag gag” laws; constitutional concerns over potential infringement of First and Fourteenth Amendment rights; the criminalizing of historically utilized investigative techniques to expose animal cruelty and the effect on the protection of animals and the animal welfare movement, as well as, environmental pollution and public health; and the struggle between the need to inform consumers and protect animals and the rights of a multi-billion dollar agricultural industry.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015, 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m

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