News

Federal Judge Rules Ag-Gag Law Violates Free Speech

Judge M. Margaret McKeown overturned Idaho's ag-gag law—which made collecting undercover footage at factory farms illegal—on the basis that it illegally targeted free speech and hindered investigative journalism.

Last week, United States Circuit Court Judge M. Margaret McKeown granted an appeal of Idaho’s standing “ag-gag” law. Idaho passed legislature in 2014 that banned filming practices at animal agriculture operations after animal-rights organization Mercy For Animals released footage of workers stomping on cows and other egregious abuse at Idaho’s Bettencourt Dairy. “The panel held that the subsection criminalized innocent behavior,” Judge McKeown’s 56-page ruling stated, “was staggeringly overbroad, and that the purpose of the statute was, in large part, targeted at speech and investigative journalists.” The ag-gag law included language that specifically targeted audiovisual recording, which the court found to be suspicious. “Without some legitimate explanation,” the ruling stated, “we are left to conclude that Idaho is singling out for suppression one mode of speech—audio and video recordings of agricultural operations—to keep controversy and suspect practices out of the public eye.” In July, US District Court Judge Robert Shelby reversed a similar ag-gag law in Utah, stating the law was unconstitutional because it violated the First Amendment right to free speech.

More News

CEO Confident McDonald's Will Sell Vegan Beyond Burger

Beyond Meat's Ethan Brown says it's only a matter of time before the company's plant-based Beyond Burgers arrives at chains such as McDonald's, Burger King, and Wendy's.
Read More »

Vegan Greased Pole Doughnut Debuts to Lure Eagles Fans

Vegan shop Dottie's Donuts gives Philadelphia Eagles fans a greasy pole to climb before the Super Bowl.
Read More »

Vegan Actress Sparks Tempeh Bacon Frenzy at Whole Foods

Tabitha Brown's viral video about the TTLA—a vegan BLT sandwich that the actress, now famously, spikes with a pickle—prompts Whole Foods to expand the vegan lunch option to deli counters nationwide.
Read More »

Vegan Pizzas Continue to Sell Out at Domino's

Nick Knight, CEO of Domino's Australia and New Zealand, is shocked by the amount of customer demand for newly added Follow Your Heart vegan cheese.
Read More »

Bareburger Replaces Elk and Boar with Vegan Burgers

The burger chain now offers two new plant-based options: the Beyond Burger and the Impossible Burger.
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 »