Criminalizing the Compassion of Animal Activists is Unconstitutional

Ag-gag laws take away the only representation the animals have

Melanie Revollo, Staff Writer

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Ag-gag is a term used for laws passed against whistleblowers that expose the horrific scenes that occur inside of farms and the meat packing industry. Ag-gag legislation emerged in the 1990’s due to threats posed by activists. These laws make it a crime to document animal facilities without consent. States such as Montana, Utah, North Dakota, Missouri, Kansas, Iowa, North Carolina and Idaho have all passed these laws to forbid people from taking pictures or video taping these facilities.

While activists are getting arrested for exposing animal cruelty, animal abusers are being protected. Journalists and activists revealed what happens behind those walls; animals are abused with heartbreaking treatment. Factory farms want to keep their cruel practices hidden from the public, but the public deserves to know the truth about the billions of animals suffering on industrial farms. Animal activist Amy Myers was arrested for videotaping a meat packing company in Draper, Utah. “The laws protect the industry by making whistleblowers into outlaws,” said Myers in an interview with The Nation.

These laws are unconstitutional. In August 2015, a federal district court in Idaho dropped the state’s Ag-gag law as unconstitutional under the First Amendment. This legislation takes away the freedom of expression and jeopardizes many journalists. At the end of the day, it’s about the animals.  The animals cannot speak up for themselves and these laws take away the only voice they have. If you are ready to fight for better laws that protect animals from cruelty, join The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals advocacy brigade or simply help save a life by donating to the ASPCA.

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Melanie Revollo, Staff Writer

Melanie Revollo made the most out of her time at Hylton. She experienced new things with people she’ll never forget.  She will be attending Virginia...

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Criminalizing the Compassion of Animal Activists is Unconstitutional