Undercover investigations expose animal cruelty that tend to associated with factory farms, but not everyone supports undercover investigations of corporate agriculture. Five states make it illegal to subvertly video abuse. These states include North Dakota, Iowa, Montana, Kansas and Utah. The laws, often referred to as Ag Gag anti-whistleblower bills, have caused the Humane Society (HSUS) to ask, "What does animal agriculture have to hide?" HSUS has been one of the leading undercover exposers of agricultural animal abuse.
- The HSUS exposé of calf abuse at a Vermont slaughter plant that led to the plant's closure and a felony criminal conviction
- The HSUS investigation of a cow slaughter plant in California, which prompted the largest meat recall in U.S. history and criminal convictions, too
- The HSUS investigation of Wyoming Premium Farms, which documented rampant animal abuse and brought charges of criminal animal cruelty for nine workers
Eleven states rejected Ag Gag legislation in 2013, but the pressure from big agriculture is expected continue. The conservative organization American Legislative Exchange council (ALEC ) and the following organizations have been reported to be supporters and instigators Ag Gag.
- The Institute for Cooperatives
- The Agribusiness Association of Iowa
- Iowa Select Farms
- Iowa Cattlemen’s Association
- Iowa Dairy Association
- Iowa Farm Bureau
- Iowa Corn Growers Association and Monsanto Co.
Oddly, the ALEX website claims it is founded on principals of “limited government,” yet they apparently want governmental intervention when it comes to providing a statutory cloak for agricultural animal abuse.