By Tom Laskawy
Big Ag is having trouble installing its Iron Curtain. I am referring, of course, to the various “ag-gag” laws proposed in Florida, Minnesota, and Iowa that would make it illegal to produce (and, in some cases, possess) undercover videos from within factory livestock farms. The latest state legislature to pursue this dubious goal is New York’s— but the fate of ag-gaggery in other states makes success in the Empire State seem unlikely.
Florida’s bill died a few weeks ago when legislators withdrew the bill from consideration as the legislative session ended.
CORRECTION: Please note that while there has been no action or hearing on the Minnesota “Ag-Gag” bill, this is the second of a 2-year legislative session and the bill is unfortunately still alive. It is not true that the bill has been withdrawn, as stated in the article. The Humane Society article that was cited is incorrect as well. Here is a link to the current bill:
As for Iowa, its legislative session is still going on and passage of the bill is considered a priority with Republican Gov. Terry Branstad on record as believing that such undercover videos represent “a problem that should be addressed.”
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