Free Speech Rights Doom Iowa's 'Ag-Gag' Law

Law360 (January 9, 2019, 9:10 PM EST) -- An Iowa law criminalizing undercover investigations into animal cruelty at factory farms violates the First Amendment, a federal judge ruled Wednesday following a challenge by animal rights activists and free speech advocates.

Iowa had justified the so-called "ag-gag" law as a necessary protection against threats to property and biosecurity, but Senior U.S. District Judge James E. Gritzner said the state failed to prove how this law would meet those needs in the least restrictive way possible. He granted summary judgment to a coalition led by the Animal Legal Defense Fund, the American Civil Liberties Union of Iowa and People for the...

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