Gov. Asa Hutchinson Thursday signed Arkansas House Bill 1665, adding a civil cause of action to the state’s code that permits individuals to sue over the unauthorized access to non-public areas of commercial property.

Although not a criminal statute, Nathan Runkle, president of Mercy for Animals, calls the measure an “ag-gag” law.

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I take personal satisfaction in the fact that I’ve almost always resisted breaking the law. There is no proof whatsoever that some years ago, while in a small Latin American country, I was offered a very cheap round-trip ticket to Cuba with guarantees that my passport would not be stamped by the Communists who controlled…