Ag-Gag Free Nation

40 Pages Posted: 4 Oct 2019

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Shaakirrah Sanders

University of Idaho - College of Law

Date Written: October 3, 2019


This Article identifies the threat that agriculture security legislation — or ag-gag laws — pose to unauthorized animal and agribusiness workers. This Article advocates full recognition of First Amendment speech rights to unauthorized workers, especially in the ag-gag context, to counter the threat of coercion. Part I of this Article profiles unauthorized workers in the U.S. animal and agriculture industry. Part II discusses nationwide First Amendment litigation on ag-gag laws and describes how the effects on unauthorized workers has been largely ignored in the ag-gag debate. Part III theorizes how the right that ag-gag laws seek to protect weighs against the First Amendment rights of unauthorized workers.

Keywords: First Amendment, Agriculture, Immigration, Employment Law, Media

JEL Classification: Q18, J15, J43, J88, K23, K37, K42

Suggested Citation

Sanders, Shaakirrah, Ag-Gag Free Nation (October 3, 2019). Wake Forest Law Review, Vol. 54, No. 491, 2019, Available at SSRN:

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University of Idaho - College of Law ( email )

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