Last month, Idaho passed a law -- commonly referred to as an "Ag-Gag bill" -- that would ban anyone -- including journalists, activists and employees -- from taking footage inside slaughterhouses and factory farms and documenting any workplace violations and animal cruelty. The agriculture industry presents these measures as privacy protection -- but critics, naturally, see these as First Amendment attacks that restrict whistleblowers. And efforts to expand Ag-Gag legislation continues to grow. As an ABC News report points out:
In addition to Idaho, three states have already considered some form of "ag-gag" legislation in 2014; lawmakers in Arizona, New Hampshire and Indiana introduced bills this year. Eleven other states introduced bills in 2013, but not a single bill passed that year. ...There are laws on the books in six states, including Iowa, where it is a crime to get hired at a farm under false pretenses.
In the last year alone, the group Mercy For Animals has had big exposes of factory farms -- all of which would have never come to light if Ag-Gag laws were in place. Here are five of them. Later this week, we'll showcase exposes from other groups as well: