One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Denoting legislation that prohibits covert documentation or investigation of conditions in the farming industry (used chiefly by opponents of such legislation)‘a handful of states have introduced ag-gag bills that make it illegal to take photographs or videos of farms without farmer consent’
- ‘The first-ever ag-gag prosecution, involving a woman who took roadside videos of cows at a slaughterhouse, was announced this week.’
- ‘In several states, harsh regulations known as "ag-gag" laws criminalize unauthorized photography inside these facilities.’
- ‘Iowa, Utah and Missouri passed "ag-gag" bills last year.’
- ‘Kentucky is the most recent state to throw out an ag-gag proposal following rejections in 11 other states.’
- ‘Mackay says ag-gag laws may also be ineffective because of the determination of animal rights activists.’
- ‘The press release maintains these "ag-gag laws" will "perpetuate animal abuse".’
- ‘"The Canadian agriculture sector is committed to opening the barn door, not closing it, and 'ag-gag' laws would contradict that commitment."’
- ‘In Tennessee, where undercover videos have spotlighted chicken farms, an ag-gag bill is now awaiting the Governor's decision.’
- ‘In New York a similar 'ag-gag' bill was announced later.’
- ‘She was on public property while recording the video, but ag-gag laws treat trespassing and recording on facility property as a crime.’
1960s (originally in reference to a proposed rule restricting the release of information by the US Department of Agriculture): from ag and gag.
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