"Ag-Gag" laws criminalize anyone who photographs a farm or agricultural facility. They have been passed in Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Montana, and Utah, and are pending in Arkansas, Indiana, Nebraska, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, and Vermont.
In addition, federal laws such as the "Animal and Ecological Terrorism Act" of 2006 and the "Animal and Ecological Terrorism Act," funded through the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) by Monsanto, the Koch brothers, ExxonMobil, and associations representing the meat industries, have been invoked to prosecute animal rights activists (for example Stop Huntingdon Animal Cruelty) for showing imagery of animals tortured in vivisection labs.
Even those who care nothing about the plight of 10 billion animals every year in the U.S., incarcerated in Confined Animal Feeding Operations (factory farms) until their violent slaughter, or those who are unconcerned about the millions of animals needlessly tortured in research labs, must be outraged at this straightjacketing of human freedom of speech and expression. These bills are motivated not by justice or by concern for the welfare of American citizens, they are motivated purely by greed and profit. They are a flagrant violation of the first amendment to the US Constitution.