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Mercy Goes After Big Cheese With Video Taken at NM Dairy


The Los Angeles-based Mercy for Animals has a knack for uncovering animal abuse, often in isolated places, that is the kind imposing enough stress and pain to also be a food safety concern and egregious enough to bring condemnation by world-renowned animal-welfare experts. A week ago, the group shared its latest undercover report and video… Continue Reading

Main Concerns About Idaho’s ‘Ag-Gag’ Law Survive State’s Dismissal Motion


Animal activists cannot sue Idaho Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter, and one part of the Gem State’s agricultural protection law stands without review. But U.S. District Court Judge B. Lynn Winmill is allowing a challenge to four other sections of Idaho’s “ag-gag” law to go forward on the basis of three legal concerns. In his ruling issued… Continue Reading

Lawyers File Briefs While Awaiting Judge’s Decision on Idaho ‘Ag-Gag’ Case

Idaho Wants Case Dismissed


Idaho’s top federal judge has a reputation for enjoying “zealous advocacy” by smart lawyers. But it isn’t known whether U.S. District Court Judge B. Lynn Winmill views as all that helpful briefs filed after final oral arguments on an issue. After final oral arguments on June 26 in Boise over a state motion to dismiss… Continue Reading

Amicus Brief: Idaho’s New ‘Ag-Gag’ Law is About Conduct, Not Speech

'So God made a farmer.'


Idaho agriculture has brought out a big gun to help get a challenge to the state’s so-called “ag-gag” law thrown out of federal court. In an amicus curiae (friend of the court) brief, Idaho agricultural groups are asking the U.S. District Court in Boise to dismiss a lawsuit brought against the Gem State by a… Continue Reading

Idaho Joins Utah in Asking Federal Court to Dismiss ‘Ag-Gag’ Lawsuit


Idaho wants a federal court to dismiss a lawsuit brought against the state by the Animal Legal Defense Fund (ALDF). “ALDF attacks a statute it wishes had passed,” say attorneys for Idaho Gov. C.L “Butch” Otter and Attorney General Lawrence Wasden. “The statute actually passed has nothing to do with speech or employee whistleblowing,” they… Continue Reading

Kentucky Animal Euthanasia Bill Amended With ‘Ag-gag’ Language Probably Won’t Make It


A divided Kentucky Legislature was not expected to pass a controversial animal euthanasia bill on Monday before taking a week off and then briefly returning to consider bills vetoed by the governor. House Bill 222, which originally prohibited animal shelters from using gas or decompression chambers to euthanize stray pets, passed the Kentucky House on… Continue Reading

Denver Law Professors File Second Legal Challenge to ‘Ag-Gag’ Laws


A pair of constitutional law professors from the University of Denver has given themselves two shots at overturning so-called state “ag-gag” laws. Among the common features of “ag-gag” laws is a prohibition against taking pictures or making videos without permission, sanctions for not being truthful in a job application, and short timeframes for reporting animal… Continue Reading

Indiana General Assembly Passes Tough New Ag Property Trespass Law

Call it farm protection, Hoosier-style. The Indiana General Assembly has sent farm protection legislation without any “gags” to Gov. Mike Pence for his signature. The bill does not ban taking pictures or making videos, does not change existing law on reporting animal abuse, and contains no penalties for getting creative on a job application. Those… Continue Reading

Idaho Governor Signs ‘Ag-Gag’ Bill into Law


On Friday, Idaho Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter signed into law a controversial bill to protect animal production facilities from outside interference. The law took effect with the governor’s signature. Otter signed Senate Bill 1337 just after Chobani yogurt founder Hamdi Ulukaya broke with the rest of the $2.4-billion Idaho dairy industry by asking the governor… Continue Reading

Idaho Legislature Sends ‘Ag-Gag’ Bill to Governor’s Desk


With the expected signature of Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter, Idaho would become the fourth state in two years to adopt a so-called “ag-gag” bill as state law. Iowa, Utah, and Missouri adopted similar bills in 2012. Idaho Senate Bill 1337 easily passed the state House of Representatives on Wednesday on a 56-14 vote. It would… Continue Reading