The state's Senate is considering the bill and is expected to vote on it this week.
Last year, a judge ruled that an Idaho ag-gag law violated the First and 14th Amendments. Now, the state has to shell out $250,000 to pay for legal fees incurred by PETA, the Animal Legal Defense Fund, and a number of nonprofits in on the case.
Critics of the law say it could prevent whistleblowers from reporting abuse in nursing home facilities or health and safety violations in the agricultural sector.
North Carolina is dangerously close to preventing agricultural industry whistleblowers from exposing animal cruelty, unsanitary conditions, and more.
Environmentalists worry a new law could prevent 'citizen science' efforts aimed at collecting soil and water samples, or even taking photos, on public lands leased to ranchers.
As Monsanto and DuPont buy into the big data game, farmers wonder if collecting all this data leaves them vulnerable to an "overall-clad Snowden."
Idaho’s new law criminalizes activists who secretly record animal abuse in “agricultural production facilities.”
The anti-gag law activists are getting quicker. This time, in Idaho.
On Monday, the Animal Legal Defense Fund and PETA, among others, filed the first suit of its kind to legally challenge the development and spread of these laws, which shield industrial farming operations from whistleblowing.