Where is the worst place to be a farm animal? In states that go to great lengths to hide animal abuse by silencing people who report cruelty. "Ag-gag" laws, which have made their way through several state legislatures and have begun spreading around the world, aim to penalize whistleblowers and protect the meat and dairy industries -- even as ASPCA/video-the-brutal-basics-of-fac-532160716.html">they condone horrifying animal abuse. Organizations like the ASPCA, Humane Society, Animal Legal Defense Fund and others have worked (and continue to work) tirelessly to prevent ag-gag bills from passing as they pop up in state legislatures. But, just this week, North Carolina legislators revived an ag-gag bill that died in committee last year, circumventing their own rules and scheduling the bill for a hearing on Tuesday.
North Carolina's bill resembles several other ag-gag laws that have had chilling effects on animal welfare advocates, farm workers and journalists. These laws criminalize audio-recording, video-recording and photography inside farm facilities. Eight states have ag-gag laws on the books right now, and North Carolina could join them soon. While some take tougher anti-whistleblower stances than others, all of these laws are aimed at preventing the public from knowing what goes on behind the closed doors of America's factory farms -- and ultimately make life worse for farm animals. With that in mind, here are five of the worst places to be a farm animal in the U.S.: