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Animal Rights, Free Speech Groups File Lawsuit Challenging Iowa’s Ag Whistleblower Law

Today, animal rights and free speech companies submitted a suit versus the State of Iowa that challenges a state law from 2012, frequently described as Iowa’s ag-gag law or ag-whistleblower law. The law made it prohibited to obtain a job at an animal’s farm through misstatement to carry out an undercover animal ruthlessness examination.

The groups – Animal Legal Defense Fund, the American Civil Liberties Union of Iowa, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, and the Center for Food Safety and Public Justice – claim that Iowa’s law breaches their constitutional free speech and equal security rights.

Federal courts have overruled comparable laws in the states of Wyoming, Idaho, and Utah.

On this edition of River to River, Ben Kieffer talks with law teacher Erika George to obtain an idea of how the Iowa claim might reasonable.

” Where somebody’s getting in a property and not interrupting what’s going on at the property– that’s secured sort of conduct, where they’re looking for to tape-record and share and share details. It’s one thing to storm a farm and save a cow or a chicken; it’s rather another to stand and tape-record and share what the conditions of production are,” George states. “Our court figured out that type of activity was protectable by the First Amendment.”.

George is a Samuel D. Thurman Professor of Law at the University of Utah, and she followed the Utah case prohibiting undercover shooting at farms.

Other sectors this hour consist of discussions with Charity Anderson of Cedar Falls, who now lives near the wildfires in California; IPR reporter Dean Borg who goes over the look for the next Iowa State University president; Dr. Kathleen Romanowski of the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, who speaks about patterns in emergency situation department sees before and after execution of Iowa’s brand-new fireworks law; Paddy Ekkekakis, who is a kinesiology teacher at Iowa State University; and Christopher Merrill, director of the International Writing Program at the University of Iowa, who offers his response to the news that the United States will withdraw from UNESCO.

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