PETA Statement re SCOTUS’ Decision to Decline ‘Ag-Gag’ Appeal

For Immediate Release:
October 16, 2023

David Perle 202-483-7382

Washington – Please see the following statement from PETA Foundation General Counsel for Animal Law Jared Goodman regarding the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision not to hear the appeal of North Carolina and the Farm Bureau of the lower court’s February ruling that the state’s “ag-gag” law is unconstitutional.

“Ag-gag” laws are a desperate, last-ditch attempt by animal exploiters to smother free speech and hide appalling cruelty to animals from a public that is increasingly disinclined to tolerate it. PETA is celebrating today’s decision and will continue to use every legal means at its disposal, including whistleblower reports and undercover investigations, to expose the horrors that occur behind closed doors in laboratories, on factory farms, in slaughterhouses, in puppy mills, and at other abusive facilities.

PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to eat”—opposes speciesism, a human-supremacist worldview. For more information about PETA’s investigative newsgathering and reporting, please visit, listen to The PETA Podcast, or follow the group on X (formerly Twitter), Facebook, or Instagram.

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