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Britain’s FSA talks about Brexit challenges in annual report and accounts for 2017-18

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) for the United Kingdom will have to stand on its own after the island nation withdraws from the European Union next year. It means food safety in the UK will be cut off from the EU mothership, better known  as the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) in Parma, Italy. Some… Continue Reading

Something in PETA’s history vault helps get North Carolina law reviewed

North Carolina’s three-year-old law permitting owners to collect monetary damages from individuals for “exceeding the scope of authorized access to property” was always expected to be the subject of judicial review. The question has been whether it should get an immediate review on its merits or wait until a property owner with real-life circumstances uses… Continue Reading

Split decision on Idaho’s Ag-Gag Law Might Extend Beyond Agriculture

An appellate court Thursday restored specific provisions of Idaho’s 2012 Ag-Gag law but said audio, visual recordings of animal agricultural facilities could not be prohibited by the Gem State under the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. It may be a landmark decision for being the first time a federal circuit court has found there… Continue Reading

Next up for ag gag: Appeal to 10th U.S. Circuit expected soon

During oral arguments before an appellate panel in Seattle in May, questions were flying so fast at responding attorney Justin Marceau that at one point Judge M. Margaret McKeown told him he could slow down, there would be time for his answers. McKeown and Judges Carlos Bea and Richard Tallman are on the panel from the 9th… Continue Reading

Utah’s ‘ag-gag’ law is second to be found unconstitutional

Utah’s law criminalizing “both lying to get into an agricultural operation and filming once inside” violates the First Amendment and has been declared unconstitutional by Federal Judge Robert J. Shelby. The ruling announced late Friday by the U.S. District Court for Utah resolves the first lawsuit in the nation to challenge a state’s so-called ag-gag… Continue Reading

Idaho squares off with animal rights group before 9th Circuit

Oral arguments are expected to be scheduled in April in Seattle in an “ag-gag” appeal that has pitted Idaho officials against the Animal Legal Defense Fund in a constitutional battle. The case, Animal Legal Defense Fund et al v. Idaho Attorney General Lawrence G. Wasden, landed in the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals after U.S. District Court Judge… Continue Reading

‘Ag-gag’ action moves from state houses to federal courts

State statutes making it impossible to get in and out of animal confinement areas without breaking the law are being challenged in at least four federal courts around the country. Among the issues that will be explored during a federal trial in Utah scheduled for later this year is whether professional journalists should have any… Continue Reading

Activists challenge NC’s new ‘ag-gag’ law in federal court

A third state was hauled into federal court Wednesday where it will have to defend its recently enacted law to protect the privacy of animal agriculture under the force of criminal law. North Carolina joined Idaho and Utah in being forced to defend an “ag-gag” law, legislation designed to make it more difficult for animal activists… Continue Reading