Gagging on Agriculture - Against the First Amendment?
Ag Gag Law
Apparently some American states have what is being called an "Ag Gag" law, which makes it illegal to take photographs of farm activity or to apply for a job at a farm, without letting the employer know if you have links with any outside organisation! If you photograph or make a video of a farm, you could go to jail for a year!
So where's the right to free speech here? Some animal activists are concerned that animals are being treated cruelly on farms and in slaughterhouses and have tried to take photographs or write articles about animal treatment. Big business owners don't like this - it seems they want the right to treat animals as they wish.
This law is supposed to stop people filming secretly on farms.
The law enforcers appear to be stopping people taking photographs from the public road.
Who is Right?
Should big business have the right to treat animals as they wish? Should photographers be banned from taking photographs of farms, even from a public road? I can only let you know what I have read, I don't know the full story. Maybe you know more about this?
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