Idaho “Ag Gag” Law Ruled Unconstitutional in Federal Court

When “ag gag laws” began to be proposed in the early 2000s, they attracted nationwide attention for their bans on photography and video in livestock feeding and processing facilities by journalists and activists. A recent federal appellate court ruling struck down Idaho’s version of this law and declared that it attempted to “regulate speech protected by the First Amendment and was a classic example of a content-based restriction that could not survive strict scrutiny.” (Animal Legal Defense Fund v. Wasden, United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit). However, a spokesman for Idaho Attorney General Lawrence Wasden said the state is reviewing the decision.

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Photo of Cattle Being Raised as Livestock