Baylen Linnekin on the Uncertain Future of Awful "Ag Gag" Laws


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Laws meant to crack down on farm whistleblowers, commonly referred to as "ag gag" laws, have been drawing fire around the country from various quarters—from animal rights activists to free speech advocates. Detractors often refer to "ag gag" laws as such because these laws serve to gag or stifle the speech of persons who cry foul over some facets of animal agriculture. While momentum appeared to favor ag gag laws this past autumn, writes Baylen Linnekin, two recent decisions have dealt a serious blow to that support.