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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

Idaho House Committee Recommends Passage of ‘Ag-Gag’ Bill

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The Idaho House is now ready for a floor vote that will likely send Senate Bill 1337 to Republican Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter for his signature. It would make trespassing and filming agricultural operations without permission of the owner illegal. After three-and-a-half hours of testimony on Thursday, the House Agriculture Affairs Committee on a 13-to-1… Continue Reading

Idaho ‘Ag-Gag’ Bill Clears State Senate, Heads to House

Mercy For Animals Pushes Back With Graphic Video


UPDATE:  After three and one-half hours of  public hearing Thursday, Senate Bill 1337 was sent to the floor of the Idaho House of Representatives by the Agriculture Affairs Committee with a “do pass” recommendation.   The quick-moving “Agriculture Production Interference” act goes before the Idaho House Agriculture Affairs Committee today, which could be the bill’s… Continue Reading

Fast-Moving ‘Agricultural Security’ Bill Moves to Floor of Idaho Senate

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A legislative committee on Tuesday sent a bill to the floor of the Idaho Senate for a vote over whether to jail and fine anyone found guilty of a new crime of interference with agricultural production. After some bill shuffling, the Senate Agricultural Affairs Committee sent Senate Bill 1337, just introduced Monday, straight to the… Continue Reading

Record Investments in Food and Dairy Projects Has Idaho Senate Thinking About Better Security


Southern Idaho is a land of prosperous farms and recent record investments totaling $800 million from world-class food manufacturers promising 5,000 more jobs to this sparsely populated area. But Republican State Sen. Jim Patrick, whose Twin Falls district is ground zero for both new investments and expansions in the region, is feeling insecure. Patrick and… Continue Reading