The industrial farming lobby calls them farm protection laws. Animal activists call them ag-gag laws. Whatever you call them, laws aimed at criminalizing undercover investigations of conditions at factory farms, slaughterhouses, and meat processing facilities are multiplying across the U.S., and getting more stringent with each new round of proposed legislation. This series outlines the history, the issues, and the future prospects for these laws.
Stories in this series:
The industrial farm lobby is pushing tough laws that turn documenting animal abuse into a criminal activity. How did we get here?
Check out our interactive map of all of America's farm protection, or ag-gag, laws, from 1990 to today.
Do these laws stop whistleblowers from exposing abuse -- or protect farm security?
Use this handy illustrated guide to find out if a farm protection or ag-gag law would get you into trouble.
As Big Food pushes harder to limit farm exposés, it may only broaden and strengthen the animal protection movement.