United States Supreme Court Refuses to Hear Ag-gag Appeal by Kansas

The Animal Legal Defence Fund (ALDF) has declared a victory for animals and activists as the Supreme Court of the United States declined to hear an appeal from the decision that struck down Kansas’s ag-gag law for violating the First Amendment right to free speech. In 2018, the ALDF led a coalition of animal, environmental, and food safety advocacy groups to successfully challenge the Kansas law which criminalized activities which are essential to undercover investigations in farms and slaughterhouses. In 2021, the US Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit found the laws violated the US Constitution's First Amendment, and struck down the laws. The US Supreme Court’s refusal to hear a further appeal leaves the Appeal Court’s decision in place. Read the ALDF’s press release here.