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COURT STRIKES DOWN IOWA ‘AG-GAG’ LAW – A federal judge in Iowa Thursday decided it’s no longer a crime to go undercover at farms, slaughterhouses, and any other ag-related operations. Judge James Gritzner said Iowa’s 2012 ‘ag-gag’ law was a clear violation of the First Amendment. Animal welfare and rights groups praised the ruling; the Iowa Pork Producers Association said it wasn’t the intent of farmers to infringe on constitutional rights, rather they were “relying on the courts to help us protect our rights to lawfully conduct our businesses and care for our animals.” (NPR)


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