To this I add, make sure you
I might cease being polite.
Anyway, a judge in the
The judge cited First Amendment concerns. Here's the court's decision.
Here's two relevant excerpts from the ruling part of the decision:
The State’s logic is perverse—in essence the State says that (1) powerful industries deserve more government protection than smaller industries, and (2)
OTHER PARTS OF THE LAW IGNORED
However, this ruling does not speak to
Pages 3 & 4 of the decision sort of point to existing laws about trespass, lying and etc., the kinds of laws that do not apply to elected officials but to the rest of us. Trespass continues to be illegal, at least for us non-government types. This law attempted to reinforce that part of the law
Straight from the decision
The drafter of the legislation, Dan Steenson, likewise expressed a desire to shield Idaho dairymen and other farmers from undercover investigators and whisteblowers who expose the agricultural industry to “the court of public opinion”: “The most extreme conduct that we see threatening Idaho dairymen and other farmers occurs under the cover of false identities and purposes, extremist groups implement vigilante tactics to deploy self-appointed so-called investigators who masquerade as employees to infiltrate farms in the hope of discovering and recording what they believe to be animal abuse.” Mr. Steenson
The federal judge in this case pretty much said there's no problem with lying, trespass and etc. The judge puts the common citizen on equal footing with government folks in this case.
NO AG GAG LAW
In general, I am opposed to ag gag laws. The link contains further links to each state's law. These statutes are aimed at protecting the food production industry from warranted and unwarranted criticism.
Point of order, I can't think of any ag gag law I'd support.
My state, Georgia, law reads in part, "[I
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.
That is the First Amendment, you may remember it, It's the one guaranteed by the Second Amendment.
Two relevant points:
1. Freedom of speech shall not be abridged.
2. The right to ask
A free society must make room for dissent. You don't have to like it. You may be offended by it. Your business may suffer for it.
You have the opportunity to respond in kind. That's the best way to handle this kind of thing. Apply daffodils.