Idaho Governor Signs Ag-Gag Bill

AgGag_2Dan Flynn at Food Safety News is reporting that the Governor of Idaho just signed into law a controversial “ag-gag” bill that would criminalize gathering and sharing evidence of animal abuse on factory farms.

The governor, in signing the bill, said Idaho agricultural producers must be “secure in their property and their livelihood.”

It was resisted on the grounds:

“Not only will this ag-gag law perpetuate animal abuse, it endangers workers’ rights, consumer health and safety, and the freedom of journalists, employees, and the public at large to share information about something as fundamental as our food supply,”

“This law is bad for consumers, who want more, not less, transparency in food production.”

Do you think businesses have a right to prevent the public from witnessing their operations?  Is it different when lives are involved?

2 thoughts on “Idaho Governor Signs Ag-Gag Bill

  1. Marj

    I can’t comprehend the thinking behind these ag-gag bills. Well, yes I can unfortunately but it doesn’t make it any easier to take in. The state where I live is currently becoming more lenient to business interests in every way. Very difficult to watch it happening and the end result to living things and the environment.

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  2. Bix Post author

    I don’t know much about these laws. Wouldn’t current laws governing trespassing and libel and fraud do the trick? They seem heavy-handed to me.

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