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PETA’s involvement may seem surprising, but the animal-rights groups rightly warn that the district court’s $15.8 million ruling against Daleiden endangers the freedom of speech. Animal-rights groups have long opposed agricultural-gag (or “ag-gag”) laws protecting the agriculture industry from investigative reporting aimed at exposing animal mistreatment. If Planned Parenthood can silence Daleiden, agriculture companies can silence PETA, or so the argument goes.
“The use of deception for undercover investigative reporting on matters of public concern is constitutionally protected speech. The U.S. Supreme Court has rejected the view that there is an exception to the First Amendment for ‘false statements.’ But the district court in this case ignored free speech principles and approved a near categorical common law right to punish persons who engage in deception-based investigations,” PETA and the other organizations warned in their amicus brief.
“If such a view stands, civil claimants leveraging misapplied generally applicable laws through litigation will accomplish exactly what this Court has said cannot be done through industry-specific legislation like agricultural-gag (ag-gag) statutes: namely, to quash investigative reporting speaking on matters of the highest public concern,” the organizations argued.
And as you can see, this is exactly what the amicus brief from PETA and the other animal rights groups argues. Squash free speech here, and it is in danger of being squashed for all whatever you think of the use of it in this one case. Consider this one hard whatever your personal feelings on abortions and PPP are because if PETA and other generally far left groups can figure out the ramifications of this one, you ought to be able to as well.
originally posted by: ketsuko
a reply to: chiefsmom
Don't get me started on ruining honest folks in the name of animal rights.
The rabbit growers and breeders have a thing or two to say. Plenty of them have been ruined by people who want to see rabbits treated only as pets and not as legitimate stock animals. There was a scene in Colorado, I think, where kids' 4-H projects were being confiscated because not treating rabbits as house pets was "cruel", but how many 4-H kids are raising rabbits to show and abusing them?