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State governments in New York, Maryland, and Illinois have introduced legislation that would deny or…
September 11, 2014, Urbana-Champaign, IL – Prof. Steven Salaita and his attorneys responded today to…
September 9, 2014, Urbana-Champaign, IL – Prof. Steven Salaita spoke today for the first time…
Law Prohibiting Whistleblowing in Animal Agriculture Violates First Amendment, Attorneys Say
May 21, 2014, Boise – Today, the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) joined the court battle against so-called “ag-gag” laws, which punish undercover investigations and whistleblowing inside of animal agriculture facilities. CCR filed an amicus brief in the case Animal Legal Defense Fund v. Otter, urging a federal court to strike down Idaho’s ag-gag law as a violation of the First Amendment. The law was enacted in February, despite strong public opposition and the failure of over 20 ag-gag bills in more than a dozen states in the past year. A coalition of animal activists, journalists, workers’ rights organizations, environmental groups, and civil liberties defenders filed the lawsuit in March.
The Center for Constitutional Rights is dedicated to advancing and protecting the rights guaranteed by the United States Constitution and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Founded in 1966 by attorneys who represented civil rights movements in the South, CCR is a non-profit legal and educational organization committed to the creative use of law as a positive force for social change.