--%> Arkansas Close to Passing Egregious Ag-Gag Bill
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

Mean Girls Vegan Makeup Brush Set Coming Soon

The cult classic film will be the theme of vegan beauty brand Spectrum Collections' new makeup brush set sold in a "Burn Book" case.
Read More »

What the Health Creates Crowds of New Vegans in Texas

Texans are flocking to Spiral Diner and V-Eats in Dallas after learning the truth about the meat and dairy industries through the new vegan documentary.
Read More »

Tesla Now Exclusively Offers Vegan Seats

In a groundbreaking move, the company has dropped leather from all of its cars before the launch of highly anticipated and affordable Model 3.
Read More »

Vegan Ice Cream Industry to Reach $1 Billion in 2017

Market research predicts plant-based frozen treats to be worth $2.45 billion in the next decade.
Read More »

Slovakia to Ban Wild Animal Circuses

A new amendment will protect wild species from performing "atypical behavior not present in nature."
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 »