We have blogged, most recently on January 3, 2020, about the status of so-called “ag-gag” laws. These laws are designed to prevent undercover scrutiny of agricultural operations to uncover cruelty to animals, food safety violations, or other malfeasance. For the most part, courts have struck down these laws as infringing on the First Amendment.
On January 22, 2020, the United States District Court for the District of Kansas struck down most of Kansas’ ag-gag law as violative of the First Amendment. This particular statute has been around since 1990, although there has never been any prosecution under it.