PETA Statement: Alberta’s ‘Ag-Gag’ Bill

For Immediate Release:
December 3, 2019

David Perle 202-483-7382

Edmonton, Alta. – Please see the following statement from PETA Foundation Manager of Litigation and Legislative Affairs Gabriel Walters regarding the pending Ontario Bill 156 and the just-passed Alberta Bill 27, which target “trespassers”—i.e., investigators who expose cruelty to animals on farms and in slaughterhouses:

In the 21st century, “ag-gag” bills, such as Ontario Bill 156 and Alberta Bill 27, have become the latest desperate attempt by agriculture-industry bullies to protect themselves from public scrutiny, conceal the crime of animal abuse, and prevent consumers from learning the truth about the way animals in the meat and dairy industries live and die. PETA has fought similar legislation across the United States, and 19 states saw how dangerous “ag-gag” laws were and rejected them. Ontario and Alberta should be ashamed that they have so much to hide, even from their own citizens.

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. For more information, please visit

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