News

Arkansas Close to Passing Egregious Ag-Gag Bill

If HB1665 is passed, the free speech of whistleblowers within a range of industries—including animal agriculture, nursing homes, and schools—will be at risk.

New bill HB1665 is currently on the Senate floor in Arkansas after gaining approval from the state’s House of Representatives. If passed, the ag-gag bill—the common name for legislation that criminalizes whistleblowers within the animal agriculture industry—would allow factory farmers to persecute investigators who uncover animal abuse. As HB1665 does not strictly apply to animal agriculture, employees of other establishments—such as nursing homes, schools, and hospitals—would similarly be criminalized when reporting abuse. “This is a blanket attack on the people of Arkansas’s right to speak out about important social issues,” former undercover investigator at animal-rights organization Mercy for Animals (MFA) Cody Carlson says. “MFA condemns this un-American and unconstitutional bill in the strongest possible terms.” The efforts of investigators such as Carlson have unveiled the abuse present within the animal agriculture industry, putting pressure on meat companies to ban cruel practices, and legislative bodies to create stricter animal welfare standards. MFA has set up a web page to help Arkansas residents contact their lawmakers and urge them to oppose HB1665.

More News

Avocados That Last 50 Percent Longer Debut at Costco

The popular toast-topper is wrapped in an organic plant-based preservation skin made by tech company Apeel Sciences.
Read More »

80-Year-Old Food Brand Goes Vegan

Heritage Health Food plans to transition its entire brand to be free of animal products by 2019 and launch innovative new vegan foods geared to mainstream markets.
Read More »

Canada's Senate Passes Cruelty-Free Cosmetics Act

Cruel cosmetic testing on animals may soon become a thing of the past in Canada.
Read More »

Month-Long Vegan Festival Kicks Off in London

V For festival will hosts events featuring vegan food, cruelty-free fashion, art, and fitness throughout the month of August.
Read More »

Vegan Cheese Sales Spike by 45 Percent in 52 Weeks

Consumer research firm Nielsen reveals new consumer statistics, including that African-Americans are 48 percent more likely than the average American consumer to purchase vegan food.
Read More »

This Week on VegNews TV: The secret to these delightful sweet treats is white beans! Aylin Erman shows you how to make these simple blondies.

More Videos »