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Ag Gag Past, Present, and Future (Justin Marceau)

While the animal rights and food justice movements are relatively young, their political unpopularity has generated a steady onslaught of legislation designed to curtail their effectiveness. At each stage of their nascent development, these movements have confronted a new wave of criminal or civil sanctions carefully tailored to combat the previous successes the movements had achieved.

Through this descriptive essay, Professor Justin Marceau reviews the history of animal rights advocacy and prosecution, describes the agricultural disparagement, or “meat libel,” statutes, and discusses both the current status and future of Ag Gag legislation.

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