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Food safety, animal activists sue Iowa over 2012 ‘ag-gag’ law

Animal activists and the Center for Food Safety sued the state of Iowa in federal court Tuesday, claiming its law to prevent “agriculture production facility” fraud violates the First and Fourteenth Amendments to the U.S. Constitution. The “ag-gag” law hasn’t seen much use in the Hawkeye State since its passage in 2012. Similar laws in other… Continue Reading

Wyoming can’t block free speech at private property lines

Scott Skavdahl, the federal judge in Casper, WY, has to decide how to balance free speech and private property rights. That’s a task the U.S. District Court judge did not have to take up last year when he tossed out challenges to two Wyoming laws prohibiting trespassing on private land to collect data. “The ends,… Continue Reading

Utah isn’t appealing the demise of its 2012 “Ag-Gag” law

Utah will not appeal a federal court ruling that the state’s 2012 law against agricultural operation interference violates the U.S. Constitution. It is the only one of several state “Ag-Gag” laws which resulted in someone’s arrest and brief jailing. A spokesman for Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes Thursday told Food Safety News there would be… Continue Reading

Mixed district court ‘ag-gag’ rulings are getting appellate review

The question of whether otherwise illegal acts — like lying on an employment application —  are Constitutionally protected if they prevent enterprising reporters or animal activists from being successful is now framed before a three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals meeting in Seattle. And two more District Court decisions could soon have the… Continue Reading

Letter From The Editor: ‘Ag-gag’ end game in hands of many

Opinion

Funny thing about the federal courts. When enough of them get involved in an issue, they can end up showing how something can be done legally that previously was on shaky ground and subject to dispute when it all began. And we are not just talking about the Trump travel ban. Six years ago in… Continue Reading

Arkansas lawmakers take ‘civil’ approach with new ag-gag law

Gov. Asa Hutchinson Thursday signed Arkansas House Bill 1665, adding a civil cause of action to the state’s code that permits individuals to sue over the unauthorized access to non-public areas of commercial property. Although not a criminal statute, Nathan Runkle, president of Mercy for Animals, calls the measure an “ag-gag” law. “By signing this bill… Continue Reading

Federal courts are slowly reviewing state ‘ag-gag’ laws

At this point, you would need a large barn yard just to hold all the attorneys who are involved and waiting for a decision by a federal judge on Utah’s ag-gag law. U.S. District Court Judge Robert J. Shelby for the District of Utah has had the issue on his docket since July 22, 2013…. Continue Reading

Animal Cruelty Conviction in North Carolina Might Be The Last for Awhile

Animal activists from Los Angles-based Mercy for Animals are taking credit this week for the conviction of Danny Miranda on three counts of misdemeanor animal cruelty, but it might be awhile before they or others return to North Carolina to mount another undercover investigation. That’s because on Jan. 1, a new North Carolina law went… Continue Reading

Letter From the Editor: Stop Censorship of Undercover Videos

Opinion

Constitutional rights not used or claimed might not survive from one generation to the next. It’s not good enough to say that because of New York Times Co. v. United States (1971), no prior restraint — meaning no government-imposed censorship or punishment — may exist against anyone’s rights to speak or publish under the First Amendment…. Continue Reading

Federal Judge in Boise Strikes Down Idaho’s New ‘Ag-Gag’ Law

Idaho’s new “ag-gag” law is unconstitutional, U.S. District Court Judge B. Lynn Winmill ruled on Monday. A spokesman for Idaho’s attorney general said the state has not decided if it will appeal the decision to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in San Francisco. Idaho’s is the first “ag-gag” statute to be… Continue Reading