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

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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

Cage-free hens don’t improve egg food safety, nutrition levels

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There’s no food safety argument to be made for cage-free eggs versus those from chickens in other types of housing, according to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit. Nor are cage-free eggs more nutritious. In what animal activists see as a defeat, a three-judge appeals panel for the 9th Circuit ruled on… Continue Reading

Idaho squares off with animal rights group before 9th Circuit

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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

Animal activists flood the comment zone before deadline

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Individuals and animal activists’ organizations were swarming the government comment site, regulations.gov yesterday over proposed new guidelines about labeling claims made about how animals are raised. Monday was the deadline for comments on the new labeling guidelines that were rolled out last September. The guidelines require supporting documentation when submitting labels and how to modify… Continue Reading

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

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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

Appeals Court Hears Arguments Tomorrow on Blocked Chicken Info

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When it comes to food safety transparency, how much company information can you pry out of government agencies by using the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA)? On Wednesday, a panel of judges from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in San Francisco will hear arguments on both sides of that question in… Continue Reading

Undercover Investigation Alleges Abuse of Chickens, Workers at Tyson Slaughter Plant in Texas

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The Animal Legal Defense Fund (ALDF) has released undercover video footage from inside a Tyson Foods Inc. slaughter plant in Carthage, Texas, which the group asserts documents a system exploiting both workers and animals. The videotape includes an interview with the undercover investigator, filmed in shadow to protect her identity. This is the second recent undercover investigation involving Tyson Foods. In July, Mercy… Continue Reading

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

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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

Utah Argues Plaintiffs Have No Standing to Challenge State’s New ‘Ag-Gag’ Law

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Attorneys for Utah Governor Gary R. Herbert and Attorney General John Swallow argue that the federal lawsuit that’s been filed against the state’s new “ag-gag” law is not ready for prime time and should be dismissed. They say the plaintiffs lack standing, including Amy Meyer, the Salt Lake County animal activist who was the first… Continue Reading

FDA Petitioned to Lower Ractopamine Limits for Meat, Review Health Impacts

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Animal rights and food safety groups are petitioning the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to immediately lower the allowed residue limits for ractopamine — a controversial drug used to boost growth and leanness in meat production — and to study the drug’s effects on human health and animal welfare. The petition comes just days after… Continue Reading