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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

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

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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

Study: Food Pantries Have ‘Room for Improvement’ in Food Safety

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The food safety of food pantries is a fairly new arena for researchers, but with 14 percent of American households insecure about food at some point during 2014, it’s drawing more attention. The latest bit of research on the subject finds that there is “much room for improvement,” particularly when it comes to recalls. The… Continue Reading

Tarheel Q Salmonella Outbreak Declared Over With 1 Death, 280 Illnesses

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As of July 8, 2015, the Salmonella outbreak connected with the Tarheel Q restaurant in Lexington, NC, has been designated as over with at least 280 people sickened, according to a July 28 case count. One person died. The designation was announced after two incubation periods (six days for most Salmonella cases) had passed without… Continue Reading

Update: 1 Death, 262 Illnesses From Tarheel Q Salmonella Outbreak

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As of Tuesday, July 7, 2015, 262 people have fallen ill and one has died in a Salmonella outbreak connected with the Tarheel Q barbecue restaurant in Lexington, NC. According to reports, 7 percent of the illnesses have resulted in hospitalization. A previous update to the investigation on June 1 gave the following information: Of 248 illnesses with… Continue Reading

At Least 96 Sickened With Norovirus at North Carolina Sushi Burger Bar

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At least 96 people were sickened with norovirus from The Cowfish Sushi Burger Bar in Charlotte, NC, in early June, reports the Charlotte Observer. The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services confirmed one norovirus case with laboratory testing and said the other 95 were “probable” cases. The Cowfish closed on June 5 and… Continue Reading

North Carolina’s Civil ‘Ag-Gag’ Law Getting National Attention

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An animal agriculture leader from a Western state says it’s hard not to be paying attention to North Carolina’s new Property Protection Act that was passed last week over GOP Governor Pat McCrory’s veto. That’s because, unlike the previous seven state laws adopted to shield animal agricultural operations from prying eyes, the new North Carolina law… Continue Reading

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

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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