Judge Rules Idaho’s Ag-Gag Law Unconstitutional

Judge Rules Idaho’s Ag-Gag Law Unconstitutional

After animal activists, civil rights groups, and media organizations sued Idaho over a law that bans secret filming of animal abuse at agricultural facilities, a judge reconsidered the law’s legitimacy and ruled it unconstitutional. The final ruling by Judge B. Lynn Winmill stated the ag-gag law hindered freedom of speech. In the judge's 29 page ruling, he wrote: "Audio and visual evidence is a uniquely persuasive means of conveying a message, and it can vindicate an undercover investigator or whistleblower who is otherwise disbelieved or ignored."

The reversal of this ag-gag law is the first in the country to deem an anti-dairy spying law unconstitutional. The law was originally passed in 2014 after the state received pressure from the $2.5 billion dairy industry complaining that videos of cows being abused at a southern Idaho dairy filmed in 2012 unfairly hurt their business.

This Idaho law, along with similar ag-gag laws in 8 other states, tampers with the public’s right to know how animals are treated before they turn into the food we eat.

To learn more about the case, visit the original link below.

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