Undercover investigations by animal advocates are an important tool in exposing the cruel realities of factory farming.However, industrial agriculture is continuing the tactic of introducing anti-whistleblower legislation, referred to as “ag-gag” bills, to prevent the investigation and exposure of cruel conditions endured by farm animals on factory farms.
As of the 2013 legislative session, anti-whistleblower bills have passed in six states (Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Montana, North Dakota, Utah) and have been defeated in ten states (Arkansas, California, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Minnesota, New Hampshire, New Mexico, Tennessee, Wyoming). More of these detrimental bills are anticipated later this year or in 2014.
What You Can Do
With many state legislatures adjourned for the year, AWI is not currently opposing any state anti-whistleblower legislation. AWI supporters helped to stop the enactment of these harmful laws in the following states in 2013: