Animal Legal Defense Fund, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, Bailing Out Benji, Food & Water Watch, and Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement, v. Governor of Iowa, Attorney General of Iowa, et al.


A federal judge struck down the Iowa Legislature’s third attempt to criminalize the use of cameras in animal agriculture facilities. U.S. District Judge Stephanie M. Rose ruled that the state’s third attempt at imposing an Ag-Gag law “is insufficiently tailored compared to its burden on speech” and “only punishes a trespasser exercising a constitutional right.” The State of Iowa with its co-defendants, and the plaintiff advocacy organizations that challenged the law, have thirty days to submit proposed injunctive language to the court. This is the third Iowa Ag-Gag law to be struck down in the past five years.

[To accompany State Court Case Law Update "Iowa’s Third Ag-Gag Law Struck Down as Unconstitutional" from Brooks Animal Law Digest Issue No. 157.]