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North Carolina Governor Vetoes ‘Ag-Gag’ Bill, Wants Whistleblower Protections

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The North Carolina bill giving animal agriculture a civil cause of action against activists who enter closed areas of private property without permission was vetoed Friday by Republican Gov. Pat McCrory. In his veto message, McCrory said this about House Bill 405: “This bill is intended to address a valid concern of our state’s businesses… Continue Reading

Letter From the Editor: Better a Civil Action

Opinion

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It was U.S. Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis who said that “a state may, if its citizens choose, serve as a laboratory; and try novel social and economic experiments without risk to the rest of the country.” He meant that various state legislatures, especially over a period of years, may try different solutions to the… Continue Reading

Animal Agriculture Bill Gets a Civil Approach in North Carolina

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There’s no crime, no unconstitutional prior restraint on taking pictures or making videos, and no deadlines for turning over evidence of animal cruelty. Indeed, the elements that raise constitutional questions about some state “ag-gag” laws are not even found in the North Carolina bill now on Gov. Pat McCrory’s desk Animal activists are still vigorously… Continue Reading

WA ‘Ag-Gag’ Bill Sponsor Says Supporters Were Afraid to Testify

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According to the sponsor, Washington state agricultural representatives feared testifying Tuesday at a public hearing for a proposed bill to outlaw espionage by animal-welfare activists against farms and ranches. State Rep. Joe Schmick (R-Colfax) says farmers and the organizations that represent them remained silent because “they’re scared of repercussions of just expressing an opinion.” Schmick’s… Continue Reading

Utah Prosecutor Drops ‘Ag-Gag’ Charges Against Vegan Activists

Simple trespass charge remains

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For the second time, Utah prosecutors have dropped charges of “agricultural operation interference” that police had filed under the state’s new law for cloaking agricultural facilities with special legal protection. Prosecutors backed away from pursuing the so-called “ag-gag” part of their criminal case against four vegan activists from the Bethesda, MD-based Farm Animal Rights Movement. While… Continue Reading

‘Ag-Gag’ Bill Introduced in the Washington State Legislature

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A draft agriculture interference bill, which critics call an “ag-gag” proposal, has been introduced in the Washington State House of Representatives. The state’s annual legislative session was called to order Monday in Olympia. House Bill 1104, sponsored by state Reps. Joe Schmick (R-Colfax) and and J.T. Wilcox (R-Yelm), has been all but promised a hearing… Continue Reading

Mercy Goes After Big Cheese With Video Taken at NM Dairy

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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

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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

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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.'

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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