Earlier this week, we showed you five recent undercover investigations of factory farms and slaughterhouses -- all of which wouldn't have been possible under new controversial "ag-gag" laws. These "anti-whistleblower" laws, one of which was recently passed in Idaho, make it illegal for journalists, activists and employees to film, photograph or document inside factory farms, essentially outlawing animal abuse exposés. This week, a broad coalition of activists and organizations challenged Idaho's ag-gag law in Federal court.
Here are five more investigations that wouldn't be possible if "ag-gag" laws were more common:
Bell and Evans
A 2013 investigation at a Pennsylvania chick hatchery that billed itself as "humane" chick hatchery revealed disturbing animal welfare practices -- sick and injured birds, chicks dumped into a grinder while conscious and chicks jostled around in machinery. The footage was allegedly taken at Bell and Evans, a company that processes 20 million baby birds each year. The animal rights group Compassion Over Killing exposed the facility, which provides meat to several retailers, including Whole Foods. Though the activity on the film is not actually illegal, many were shocked at the conditions in which supposedly "humane" meat is actually raised.