PETA Statement: ‘Ag-Gag’ Bill

For Immediate Release:
June 17, 2020

Brooke Rossi 202-483-7382

Toronto – Please see the following statement from PETA President Ingrid Newkirk regarding the passing of Ontario Bill 156, which targets “trespassers”—i.e., investigators who expose cruelty to animals on farms and in slaughterhouses:

Despite widespread disapproval and thousands of signatures on PETA’s petition opposing this “ag-gag” bill, legislators are bowing to bullies who want to conceal crimes from the public, and it’s an impermissible restriction on free speech, just like similar U.S. laws that have been struck down as unconstitutional. This is a wake-up call for anyone who hasn’t gone vegan yet: The meat, dairy, and egg industries have something to hide, including cruelty to animals, danger to workers, and risks to food safety.

PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to eat or abuse in any other way”—opposes speciesism, a human-supremacist worldview. Please visit for more information.

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 Ingrid E. Newkirk

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