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Court Strikes Down Iowa's 'Ag-Gag' Law That Blocked Undercover Investigations


Added 01-10-19 08:07:01am EST - “The industry-backed law was enacted after several investigations brought widespread criticism on Iowa's agricultural industry. A judge ruled the law violates the First Amendment.” - Npr.org

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Npr.org: “Court Strikes Down Iowa's 'Ag-Gag' Law That Blocked Undercover Investigations”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

Pigs stand in their shed in a farm in Iowa. A judge Tuesday threw out a law banning undercover investigations in Iowa agricultural facilities. Nati Harnik/AP hide caption

Pigs stand in their shed in a farm in Iowa. A judge Tuesday threw out a law banning undercover investigations in Iowa agricultural facilities.

A federal judge in Iowa says it's no longer a crime to go undercover at factory farms, slaughterhouses, and any other ag-related operations. The 2012 law was a clear violation of the First Amendment, the judge said.

The Animal Legal Defense Fund, one of the plaintiffs in the case, called the ruling "a win for free speech and animal protection."

"Ag-Gag laws are a pernicious attempt by animal exploitation industries to hide some of the worst forms of animal abuse in the United States," ALDF Executive Director Stephen Wells said in a statement. "Today's victory makes it clear that the government cannot protect these industries at the expense of our constitutional rights."

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