Our elected officials are supposed to serve We the People, but too often powerful corporate interests are able to hijack the legislative process. They don’t like whistleblowers or activists exposing horrible conditions in their factory farms. They don’t like environmentalist protesting their pipelines. And lawmakers, instead of upholding our free speech rights, pass legislation criminalizing or chilling speech these corporations don’t like.
But it works both ways. A number of corporations are also willing to profit from and facilitate government human rights abuses. From facial recognition technology that’s used to track activists to private prisons, they are willing to help violate our civil liberties if the price is right.
We don’t think this is right. That’s why we work to expose these corporate attacks on civil liberties.
Attempts to insulate the agricultural industry from public scrutiny by using “ag-gag” laws suffered another major blow. On October 29, 2018, a federal judge ruled found that Wyoming’s ag-gag laws were unconstitutional. Ag-gag laws in other states have suffered similar fates.
Two piglets, near death before being rescued by two animal rights activists and nursed back to health. This may not seem like something within the FBI’s jurisdiction, yet the FBI is carrying out an interstate pursuit to find these two rescued piglets.
Defending Rights & Dissent, Center for Constitutional Rights Release First Comprehensive Report on Ag-Gag Laws
This landmark report discusses ag-gag laws in historical and political context, catalogues an earlier wave of ag-gag legislation, examines each recent law in detail, explores constitutional concerns and current lawsuits, and documents several successful campaigns to defeat ag-gag legislation.