PETA Victory in North Carolina ‘Ag-Gag’ Case

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit handed an important win to PETA and our co-plaintiffs in a lawsuit challenging North Carolina’s “ag-gag” law, ruling that conducting undercover investigations and whistleblowing are considered newsgathering activities protected by the First Amendment. PETA and a coalition of public interest groups had filed the lawsuit challenging North Carolina’s “Anti-Sunshine Law”—a statute that restricts such groups from conducting and publicizing undercover investigations by allowing employers and property owners to sue undercover investigators seeking to expose unethical or illegal activities in the workplace.

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 Ingrid E. Newkirk

“Almost all of us grew up eating meat, wearing leather, and going to circuses and zoos. We never considered the impact of these actions on the animals involved. For whatever reason, you are now asking the question: Why should animals have rights?” READ MORE

— Ingrid E. Newkirk, PETA President and co-author of Animalkind