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A Brief Examination of “Ag-Gag” Legislation
Publication Date: 6/19/2015
Many in the agricultural community seek protection from malicious animal rights activists through various laws (termed “ag-gag” legislation) that place penalties on individuals or organizations for performing different actions on farms, depending on the state. The purpose of recounting the above anecdote is to establish that I understand and sympathize with farmers who are searching for ways to protect themselves from malicious animal rights activists. I too want to protect my own family farm. Farm protection legislation (so-called “ag-gag” laws) are one way that farmers and legislators are trying to eliminate this activist tactic. These laws share some similarities and differences, so let’s look at all nine of these existing laws to get a feel for what they entail.