Iowa ag-gag law hits a roadblock
In a continuing effort to strike down ag producers’ ability to protect themselves from incursions by animal rights activists, a federal judge in Iowa has thrown a roadblock preventing the state from enforcing its ag-gag law while a challenge proceeds through the courts. Animal and civil rights advocates cheered the ruling as a victory, if a temporary one, in the nationwide effort to strike down ag-gag laws, reports Agriculture.com.
Iowa legislators passed the state's current ag-gag law in March, and it was challenged in April by a coalition of organizations including the American Civil Liberties Union of Iowa. The law is modeled after an Idaho ag-gag law that survived a legal challenge in 2018. The law criminalizes taking pictures or video at animal confinement operations in the pursuit of whistleblowing or undercover investigations
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