Eighth Circuit rules on Agricultural Gag laws

August 18, 2021

Two “Ag-Gag” statutes, one from Arkansas and the other from Iowa, have received decisions from the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals.

Whistleblowers and animal advocates are barred from accessing the inner workings of agricultural processing plants under ag-gag legislation. Slaughterhouses and concentrated animal feeding operations, or CAFOs, are two examples.

Whistleblowers and investigators could face civil penalties under Arkansas law. The statute is illegal because it stifles free speech, according to the appeals court. However, the majority of an Iowa legislation threatening criminal penalties for people who misrepresent their job to get access to the facility was upheld by the court.