Stop Silencing Animal Welfare Advocates With ‘Ag-Gag’ Law

Target: Kim Reynolds, Governor of Iowa

Goal: Don’t prohibit employees and animal rights advocates from exposing abuse on factory farms.

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) have filed a lawsuit in the state of Iowa to overturn a so-called ‘ag-gag’ law that has existed for the past five years. The groups state that the law is unconstitutional and violates the First Amendment rights of would-be whistleblowers looking to expose animal abuse and inhumane working conditions on factory farms.

Under the current legislation, it is illegal to film, photograph or make audio recordings at agricultural facilities, making it difficult to report abuse or bring abusers to justice. This law must be repealed. As agricultural industry giants are fighting hard to prevent allegations of abuse from going public, we must do what we can to make sure that those who cause harm to animals are not protected under the law.

At this time, similar ‘ag-gag’ laws exist in nine other states in the U.S., with many other states currently in the process of drafting similar proposals. This troubling trend must be brought to an end. Sign the petition below to demand that the governor of Iowa support the overturning of this potentially unconstitutional law.


Dear Governor Reynolds,

It is highly likely that animal abuse and inhumane working conditions are going unreported in your state, perhaps for years at a time, thanks to a law that has existed on Iowa’s books since 2012. The so-called ‘ag-gag’ law is a violation of the First Amendment rights of employees and animal rights advocates alike, as it makes it a criminal offense to take photographs or make any kind of recording at agricultural facilities, such as slaughterhouses. This law protects potential and current abusers, and poses a threat to animals, agricultural employees and public safety as a whole.

More protections are needed for animals and the public, not less. We, the undersigned, demand that this dangerous law be overturned and that you do what you can to ensure that it is repealed.


[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: Mercy for Animals MFA

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  1. Why would you do this are you ashamed you don’t actually do anything to end animal abuse ???????

  2. I can’t even begin to understand why they would make laws trying to stop people from exposing animal abuse. Absolutely disgusting, our judicial system needs a major overhaul.

  3. all animal abusers should be put away and the key thrown away put them in jail with animal lovers they’ll take care of these cowards who pick on beings that can’t speak for themselves.. This state should ashamed

  4. Gigi Middlebrook says:

    We should be able to speak up for abused animals. This law stinks.

  5. Are you complicit in keeping cruelty under wraps in your state?


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