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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

Idaho squares off with animal rights group before 9th Circuit

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

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

Dated duck farm video gets state police scrutiny

Update: A PETA spokesperson says the video mentioned in this story was not as dated as it may seem.   She says the footage was recorded between January 15 and March 30, 2016 and was submitted to officials 60 days later on June 1.  It’s being left to the Indiana State Police to determine if a… Continue Reading

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

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

New Shellfish Toxicity Test Could Save Thousands of Mice

A newly approved shellfish toxicity test is quickly becoming music to the ears of fishery laboratory personnel, as well as the tens of thousands of mice whose lives the new test aims to save each year. The new test  has been designed to replace the current industry-standard mouse bioassay toxicity test, which involves blending up… Continue Reading

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

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

‘Ag-gag’ Battle Moves On to North Carolina

After winning a bill-killing veto in Tennessee, the Humane Society of the United States  is taking to the airwaves in North Carolina, the latest venue for “ag-gag” wars. North Carolina’s “ag-gag” bill, Senate Bill 648, is not even eligible for any further consideration on its own this session, but its contents could end up in… Continue Reading

Deadline Extended for Lab-Grown Chicken Competition

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) would prefer we all adopt the vegan lifestyle, but knowing a lot of us cannot kick our “meat addictions,” the organization decided to put up a reward to encourage laboratory-grown chicken. In theory, in vitro meat would be pathogen-free, eliminating food safety risk in beef, pork or… Continue Reading