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Undercover Agriculture Video
4:53 pm
Tue March 18, 2014

Lawsuits Charge ‘Ag-Gag’ Laws Violate Free Speech In Idaho, Utah

The group Mercy for Animals released video in 2012 of workers at Bettencourt Dairy in Idaho abusing cows. The incident led Idaho lawmakers to outlaw surreptitious video at farms.
Credit Mercy for Animals

A lawsuit lead by the ACLU is challenging Idaho's brand new, so-called “ag-gag” law. That's the law aimed at stopping undercover animal rights activists from making videos of abuse at farms and slaughter houses. As Jessica Robinson reports, Idaho's law isn't the first to be challenged on free speech grounds.

Last year, the Animal Legal Defense Fund filed suit against a Utah law very similar to Idaho’s. Both laws criminalize shooting video without the farm owner's permission.

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Low Temperatures
6:24 am
Thu December 5, 2013

Cold Weather Challenges Ranchers And Dairies

Len McIrvin checks on his Herford cattle in the cold weather in southcentral Washington outside of Patterson.
Credit Anna King

The region’s cold snap has many dairy operators and ranchers taking extra care with their livestock. When it’s cold, cattle and other types of livestock tend to eat more to stay warm.

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Yakima Diary Farm's
5:57 am
Fri September 28, 2012

A Report Links Yakima Valley Nitrates to Dairies

Photo of dairy cows.
Photo Credit: Andre Engels

GRANGER, Wash. – A federal agency has concluded that dairies in the Yakima Valley are likely contaminating residential wells. Scientists and other officials presented the information this week to local residents.

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