Ag-gag bills: criminalizing whistle-blowing on factory farms
WASHINGTON, DC, April 2, 2013- A number of recent polls show that a majority of Americans think that animals raised for food deserve some level of protection from harm and exploitation. Even self- described “meat-eating conservative Republican” Mary Matalin has sided with People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) to fight against so-called “ag-gag” bills.
“Ag-gag” bills are laws that criminalize whistleblowing on factory farms. Even though ag-gag bills differ from state to state, they share a few common elements including criminalizing the taking of pictures or video at a factory farms without authorization, banning investigators from taking jobs at factory farms, and compelling mandatory reporting within short timelines that would make it impossible to establish punishable patterns of abuse.
- A Utah Woman Is Being Prosecuted for Filming a Slaughterhouse from a Public Street (motherboard.vice.com)
- Ag-Gag laws seek to put factory farms off-limits to whistle-blowers (thehill.com)
- Why It’s Literally Sickening to Ban Whistleblowers from Exposing Cruelty at Factory Farms (alternet.org)
- First Ag-Gag charges brought… and then dropped (salon.com)