Ag gag veggie libel laws

The ASPCA recently launched a campaign to curtail the expansion of what are commonly referred to as ag-gag laws or veggie libel legislation, behind which some factory farms and food processors attempt to hide unsafe and unethical practices.  They have initiated a Change.org petition against such legislation, which they will deliver to the National Conference of State Legislatures.

What’s wrong with ag-gag laws?

  • While crafted to appear reasonable, these bills seek to criminalize undercover investigations on farms, often declaring it illegal to take photos or videos on industrial farms.
  • The bills threaten our food supply: various exposés of factory farms and slaughterhouses have revealed the extent to which our meat, eggs and milk are mishandled. They are also a direct threat to marketplace transparency as they threaten our ability to control what we bring into our homes and the food we put in our bodies.
  • Alarmingly, ag-gag bills have been introduced in nearly half the states and seven bills have already passed into law.

Learn more

Live Chat: On May 15th at 3pm ET, the ASPCA will host a Facebook chat with farm animal welfare experts to discuss the growing trend of ag-gag bills and why they are so dangerous for both animals and consumers.

EF Articles: Read our past articles on veggie libel laws and the chilling affect it has on frank public discourse about food.

Petition: Learn more about the petition to stop the encroachment of ag-gag laws.

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