Posted on December 18, 2014 by animalblawg
In some states, the act of entering onto another’s property and recording undercover videos revealing animal cruelty on farms is illegal. At first glance, this is understandable as everyone has an interest in their own property rights. But there’s a catch. What happens when the activities carried out on that land are not only illegal, but affect on society as a whole? Farm animals are slaughtered everyday and used for food, cosmetics, and even clothing products which enter the economy and are then provided to us for our use and consumption. The treatment of these animals before slaughter is horrifying, and yet this industry seems to be protected from revealing this information from the public.
In seven states today, ag-gag laws exist. These laws prohibit individuals from entering an animal or research facility to take pictures by photograph, video camera or other means with the intent to commit criminal activities or defame the facility or its owner.
In Animal Legal Defense Fund et. al. v. Otter et. al., the Plaintiffs challenged Idaho’s ag-gag law Continue reading
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Posted on September 8, 2014 by David
From the email — what looks like an excellent conference:
The Connecticut Bar Association’s Animal Law Section and Yale Law
School’s Student Animal Legal Defense Fund are partnering to offer an
exciting conference on September 27th on “The Agricultural Gag
Laws–Your First Amendment Rights, Your Health, Animal Welfare, and Our
Environment. Speakers will include: Amanda Hitt, Director of the Food
Integrity Campaign at the Government Accountability Project; Matthew
Liebman, Senior Attorney of the Animal Legal Defense Fund’s Litigation
Program; Alicia Wagner Calzada, Esq., past president of the National
Press Photographers’ Association and current Chair of the Advocacy
Committee for NPPA; Wayne Pacelle, CEO of the Humane Society of the
United States; Taylor Radig, Social Justice/Animal Rights Activist; and
Paige Tomaselli, Senior Attorney for the Center for Food Safety.
For more information and to register please go to www.ctbar.org, click
on “Calendar” then on “Meetings/Events” and scroll down to September
We look forward to seeing you at this very timely conference.
Suzan Porto, Co-Chair,
on behalf of the Animal Law Section and Yale Law School’s Student Animal
Legal Defense Fund
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Posted on February 22, 2014 by othernations
Bumps and bruises: The “inadvertent cruelty” of factory farming. Mercy for Animals Idaho dairy photo; click image
Kathleen Stachowski Other Nations
“My Own Private Idaho.” You might know it as a ’90s era movie, but its new identity is being forged in the Idaho legislature right now. “My Own Private Idaho” could soon be how factory farm owners refer to their holdings–places where anything goes and no one knows–if ag-gag legislation is signed into law. But according to some, it goes far beyond undercover filming in animal agriculture settings. Continue reading
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Posted on July 23, 2013 by David
The Animal Legal Defense Fund (ALDF) & PETA have filed suit challenging Utah’s draconian Ag-Gag law. Read Stephen Well’s excellent blog post about it here.
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Posted on April 12, 2013 by David
We’ve spent considerable blawgwidth here on Ag-Gag laws, with more doubtlessly to come. Recently, I’ve been asked to speak and blog about the issue a fair bit and from that emerged the following post. It is or will be posted in some places where people are less familiar with the issue. (I’ll update with links)
Agricultural animals are not covered by the federal Animal Welfare Act. Many states also exclude them from their anti-cruelty laws. As a result, they have virtually no legal protections and spend their short lives in horrific misery before being turned into salable flesh (or, in the case of laying hens, into compost). However, there are a few federal regulations that still apply and some states do not exempt them from cruelty protections. The most powerful force for animal protection, though, is public outrage. Most people do not know how animals are treated in agriculture and are outraged when they learn. Consequently, activists sometimes chronicle some of the more egregious abuses in undercover videos. The videos themselves document everything from standard procedures in factory farms to deliberate, conscience-shocking acts of sadism.
Faced with these abuses, how have state legislatures reacted? By turning the videographers into criminals. People who expose the animal abuses now face draconian penalties and felony status. So-called “Ag-Gag” bills have become law in a dozen states with several more poised to make the leap. Under one proposed law, named the Animal and Ecological Terrorism Act (you can’t make this stuff up), those convicted of documenting animal abuse at agricultural facilities would potentially face felony charges and have their name added to a “terrorist registry.” Continue reading
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Posted on February 16, 2013 by David
For those of you in the New Haven area today, please join me at iV, the Ivy League Vegan Conference. It looks like a very interesting day. I am on a panel about Ag-Gag laws.
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Posted on October 27, 2012 by David
Terrorists, extreme vegetarians, crazy vegans… is that what they are calling us now? That is certainly what Senator David Hinkins, the Sponsor of Utah’s bill H.B. 187 that prohibits trespassing, photographing, or filming at agriculture operations said about the people opposing the bill. In defense of the bill, he argues the bill is aimed at “the vegetarian people” and “crazy vegans” who “are trying to kill the animal industry” referring to animal welfarists and those concerned with dredging out the truth about the agriculture industry as “terrorists.”
Sorry Senator Hinkins, but I don’t think that is what us “vegetarian people” are doing. Last time I checked, the vegetarian, vegan, and animal welfare movements were hinged on notions and principles such as cruelty free, environmentally friendly, and a reduction of harm and suffering for all species. The advancement of our movement has never been achieved by terrorist tactics such as fear inducing threats, punishment for exposing the truth, and suppressing people’s rights. It is a far stretch of the imagination to compare the animal welfare movement to a terrorist movement considering our mission is to end the suffering of species beyond our own. Continue reading
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