Suit challenging N.C. ‘ag-gag’ law is dismissed
A federal judge dismissed a lawsuit challenging North Carolina’s so-called ag-gag law discouraging undercover investigations of livestock farms.
According to an Agri-Pulse story, District Judge Thomas Schroeder said the plaintiffs – People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals and the Animal Legal Defense Fund – failed to show that the law injured them.
The law allows employers to sue employees who remove documents or record videos used to breach the employee’s loyalty to the employer. The judge says, however, the animal rights groups’ suit doesn’t allege that the defendants – the state of North Carolina and the University of North Carolina – ever threatened to sue the groups for their investigations.
PETA uncovered animal welfare violations at UNC animal labs from 2001 to 2003.
The groups say they’re leaning toward appealing decision. They say the law violates they’re right to free speech.