8th Circuit Partially Restores Iowa’s First Ag-Gag Law

The 8th Circuit has restored part of Iowa’s 2012 Ag-Gag law and lifted an injunction against its enforcement, ruling that the provision prohibiting “assuming false pretenses to obtain access to an agricultural production facility is consistent with the First Amendment.” The court upheld the district court’s invalidation of the law’s “Employment Provision” that criminalized making “a false statement or representation as part of an application or agreement to be employed at an agricultural production facility.” The challenge to the Iowa Ag-Gag law was brought by the Animal Legal Defense Fund, Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement, Bailing Out Benji, People for The Ethical Treatment of Animals, and the Center for Food Safety.