Court Strikes Kansas Ag-Gag Law as Unconstitutional

The United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit struck down Kansas’ ag-gag law for

for violating the First Amendment. The lawsuit was filed in 2018 by a coalition of animal, environmental, and food safety advocacy groups challenging the law’s constitutionality.


What are ag-gag laws? Generally speaking, ag-gag laws restrict photographing and recording illegal practices taking place inside industrialized food-production facilities, commonly referred to as "factory farms," without the owner's consent. They prohibit—and criminalize—standard practices used in animal and farmworker advocacy, including collecting evidence of abuse and unlawful working conditions.


Advancing Law for Animals and Martínez Aguilasocho Law represented United Farm Workers of America in its amicus brief to the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit. This means we explained to the Court how the illegal Kansas ag-gag law harms farm workers, animals, and food safety.


Big thanks to the incredible coalition of plaintiffs and plaintiffs' counsel in this important case. 🎉 The Kansas coalition is comprised of the Animal Legal Defense Fund, the Center for Food Safety, and state farmed animal organizations Shy 38, Inc. and Hope Sanctuary. The coalition is represented by the Law Office of Matthew Strugar, Public Justice, leading First Amendment scholars, Foley & Mansfield, and attorneys with the plaintiff organizations.