Ag-Gag Laws and Factory Farm Investigations Mapped: 2012

Proposed "Ag Gag" laws threaten the only way that the public can find out how meat, dairy, and eggs are really produced, and reveal that agribusiness wants to hide their activities from the public.

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Please note: some locations are approximate, or only the city, county, or state is known. If you have any additions or corrections to the information on this page, please email mark[at]animalvisuals[dot]org and I will correct it.

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  • Defeated 2012
  • Currently Pending
  • Passed 2012
  • Passed Previous Year



  • eggs Egg-laying hens
  • broilers Broiler chickens
  • pigs Pigs
  • dairy Dairy Cows
  • beef Beef Cattle
  • fish Fish
  • turkeys Turkeys
  • ducks Ducks
  • various Various
  • deer Deer

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Laws proposed in several states for the 2012 legislative session would make it illegal to take photos or videos of farms without permission. These laws are meant to stop undercover investigators from taking video to show the public what really happens on animal farms in America. Animal agribusiness doesn’t want anyone to find out that their industry is based on animal misery.

As you can see by the videos on this page, animal cruelty is widespread on farms in America. Even in cases where animal torture by farm workers (and farm owners) isn’t found, the standard practices that agriculture operations will admit to amount to animal cruelty.

Animals on factory farms are subjected to excruciating mutilations without pain relief, like having tails, beaks, toes, testicles, and horns cut or burned off, and intensively confined to the point that they can barely move for their entire lives. Animals are denied everything except the bare minimum necessary to keep them alive until they are slaughtered.

We need new laws to protect animals from cruelty, and to bring transparency and accountability to food production, not laws that only serve to hide the activities of big corporations from scrutiny. If you live in any of the highlighted states above, please contact your state representatives and ask them to withdraw their support from these bills.

Find your state legislators here.

  • New York: Oppose Senate Bill 5172, and take action here
  • Missouri: Oppose House Bill 1860
  • Minnesota: Oppose Senate Bill 1118 and House File 1369 (Defeated)
  • Iowa: Oppose House File 589, and take action here Update 3/3/12: this law has passed and has been signed by Iowa Governor Terry Branstad.
  • Nebraska: Oppose LB915 (Defeated)
  • Indiana: Oppose Senate Bill 0184 (Defeated)
  • Utah: Oppose House Bill 187 Update: this law passed and was signed into law by Governor Gary Herbert

Investigations

Iron Maiden Hog Farm
HSUS
Kentucky, February 2014
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Catelli Brothers Veal and Lamb
HSUS
New Jersey, January 2014
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Wiese Brothers Farms
MFA
Wisconsin, December 2013
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Hargin Inc.
COK
Minnesota, November 2013
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Tyson Pork Group
MFA
Oklahoma, November 2013
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Quanah Cattle Co.
COK
Colorado, November 2013
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Rosewood Farms (Pipestone System)
MFA
Minnesota, October 2013
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Bell and Evans
COK
Pennsylvania, October 2013
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Linda Bean's Perfect Maine
PETA
Maine, September 2013
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Hudson Valley Foie Gras (Ferndale)
MFA
New York, August 2013
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Butterball Facilities
MFA
North Carolina, November 2012
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Bettencourt Dairies
MFA
Idaho, October 2012
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Central Valley Meat
COK
California, August 2012
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Christensen Farms
MFA
Minnesota, July 2012
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Ontario Livestock Sales
MFA
California, June 2012
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Wyoming Premium Farms
HSUS
Wyoming, May 2012
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Illegal Slaughter Operation
MFA
California, April 2012
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Kreider Egg Farms
HSUS
Pennsylvania, April 2012
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Hawkeye Sow Centers
COK
Iowa, February 2012
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Prestage
HSUS
Oklahoma, January 2012
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Seaboard Farms, Inc.
HSUS
Oklahoma, January 2012
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Adirondack Farms
PETA
New York, January 2012
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Butterball
MFA
North Carolina, December 2011
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Sparboe (Ft. Lupton, CO)
MFA
Colorado, November 2011
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Sparboe (Litchfield, MN)
MFA
Minnesota, November 2011
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Sparboe (Eagle Grove, IA)
MFA
Iowa, November 2011
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Iowa Select Farms
MFA
Iowa, June 2011
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E6 Cattle
MFA
Texas, April 2011
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Catfish Corner
MFA
Texas, January 2011
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Smithfield
HSUS
Virginia, December 2010
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Willmar Poultry Company
HSUS
Minnesota, November 2010
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Cal-Maine
HSUS
Texas, November 2010
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Cal-Cruz Hatcheries
COK
California, November 2010
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Buckeye Veal Farm
MFA
Ohio, August 2010
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Conklin Dairy Farm
MFA
Ohio, May 2010
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Rembrandt Farms
HSUS
Iowa, April 2010
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Roseacre Farms - Stuart
HSUS
Iowa, April 2010
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Roseacre Farms - Winterset
HSUS
Iowa, April 2010
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Roseacre Farms - Guthrie Center
HSUS
Iowa, April 2010
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Willet Dairy Farm
MFA
New York, January 2010
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Country View Family Farms
MFA
Pennsylvania, November 2009
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Bushway Packing
HSUS
Vermont, October 2009
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Hy-Line Hatchery
MFA
Iowa, September 2009
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Michael Foods
COK
Minnesota, August 2009
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Quality Egg of New England
MFA
Maine, April 2009
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Reitz Dairy Farm
PETA
Pennsylvania, 2009
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Norco Ranch
MFA
California, October 2008
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Agriprocessors
PETA
Iowa, August 2008
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Greencastle Livestock Auction
HSUS
Pennsylvania, June 2008
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Clovis Livestock Auction
HSUS
New Mexico, June 2008
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Westminster Auction
HSUS
Maryland, June 2008
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Livestock Exchange
HSUS
Texas, June 2008
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Portales Livestock Auction
HSUS
New Mexico, June 2008
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Gemperle Enterprises
MFA
California, May 2008
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Hallmark
HSUS
California, January 2008
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Hudson Valley Foie Gras (Ferndale)
COK
New York, January 2008
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Hormel Sow Farm
PETA
Iowa, 2008
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Aviagen Turkeys, Inc.
PETA
West Virginia, 2008
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Musicon, Inc.
PETA
New York, August 2007
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House of Raeford Farms
MFA
North Carolina, May 2007
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Local Pride (Agriprocessors)
PETA
Nebraska, May 2007
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ISE-America (NJ)
COK
New Jersey, January 2007
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Murphy Family Ventures, LLC
PETA
North Carolina, 2007
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Mepkin Abbey
PETA
South Carolina, 2007
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Tyson (Union City, TN)
PETA
Tennessee, 2007
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George's, Inc.
PETA
Missouri, 2007
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Tyson (Cumming, GA)
PETA
Georgia, 2007
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Butterball (AR)
PETA
Arkansas, July 2006
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Butterball Turkey Hatchery
COK
North Carolina, July 2006
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Ebenshade
COK
Pennsylvania, December 2005
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Transport
COK
Colorado, October 2005
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County Fair Farms
COK
Maryland, February 2005
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ISE-America (MD)
COK
Maryland, February 2005
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Labelle Poultry
APRL
New York, February 2005
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Red Bird Egg Farms
COK
Maryland, February 2005
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Tyson (Heflin, AL)
PETA
Alabama, 2005
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Ohio Fresh Eggs
MFA
Ohio, November 2004
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Agriprocessors
PETA
Iowa, November 2004
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Purdue Farms
COK
Maryland, October 2004
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Pilgrim's Pride (WV)
PETA
West Virginia, July 2004
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Red Bird Egg Farms
COK
Maryland, May 2004
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Hudson Valley Foie Gras (Swan Lake)
APRL
New York, September 2003
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Sonoma Foie Gras
APRL
California, September 2003
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Hudson Valley Foie Gras (Ferndale)
APRL
New York, September 2003
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ISE-America (MD)
COK
Maryland, May 2003
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Weaver Brothers Egg Farm
MFA
Ohio, March 2003
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ISE-America (MD)
COK
Maryland, February 2003
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Red Bird Egg Farms
COK
Maryland, November 2002
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County Fair Farms
COK
Maryland, May 2002
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ISE-America (MD)
COK
Maryland, May 2001
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Seaboard Farms, Inc.
PETA
Oklahoma, 2001
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Livestock Auctions
COK
Maryland, 2001
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Crestview Farm
PETA
Minnesota, 1999
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McArthur Dairy Farm
HSUS
Florida, 1999
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Belcross Farm
PETA
North Carolina, 1998
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Ag Gag Laws: 2012

Florida
Status: Failed
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Indiana
Status: Failed
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Minnesota
Status: Failed
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Nebraska
Status: Failed
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New York
Status: Failed
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Illinois
Status: Failed
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Missouri
Status: Passed 2012
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Utah
Status: Passed 2012
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Iowa
Status: Passed 2012
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Montana
Status: Passed 1991
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North Dakota
Status: Passed 1991
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Kansas
Status: Passed 1990
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