Animal Welfare

NC News Line: NC will pay $885K in attorneys’ fees after unsuccessfully defending “ag-gag” case

NC News Line: NC will pay $885K in attorneys’ fees after unsuccessfully defending “ag-gag” case This article features Government Accountability Project and was originally published here. Lawyers with the North Carolina Attorney General’s office tried three times to convince a federal court the state’s “ag-gag” law should stand. They lost in U.S. District Court, which [...]

Washington Post: N.C. to pay $885,000 to animal rights groups for undercover-video suit

Washington Post: N.C. to pay $885,000 to animal rights groups for undercover-video suit This article features Government Accountability Project and was originally published here. North Carolina spent eight years arguing that it was constitutional to ban employees from recording undercover video at work. After losing in court to animal rights and food safety groups [...]

Sign-On Letter Opposing Packers & Stockyards Act Rider

As organizations that strive to ensure economic fairness and transparency in the marketplace, we urge you to oppose any policy riders in the FY 2024 Agriculture Appropriations bill that would prevent the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) from writing, finalizing, and implementing rules under the Packers and Stockyards Act (P&S Act).

AOL: Appeals Court Strikes Down Part of NC ‘Ag Gag’ Law, Protects Undercover Investigations

AOL: Appeals Court Strikes Down Part of NC 'Ag Gag' Law, Protects Undercover Investigations This article features Government Accountability Project Food Integrity Director, Amanda Hitt, and was originally published here. Barring employees who are trying to expose wrongdoing from gathering data at work or recording there violates the First Amendment, the U.S. Fourth Circuit Court [...]

Animal Legal Defense Fund: Fourth Circuit Enjoins North Carolina Ag-Gag Law

Animal Legal Defense Fund: Fourth Circuit Enjoins North Carolina Ag-Gag Law This article features Government Accountability Project and was originally published here. Raleigh, NC – Today, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit handed an important win to plaintiffs in a lawsuit challenging North Carolina’s Ag-Gag law, ruling that undercover investigations and whistleblowing are considered newsgathering activities protected [...]

Agri-Pulse: Chicken Industry, reform advocates clash over proposed transparency rule

Chicken Industry, reform advocates clash over proposed transparency rule This article excerpt features Government Accountability Project and was originally published here. “The Government Accountability Project applauded the proposed rule’s 'movement toward realizing the intent of the PSA by addressing transparency concerns regarding the formation of contracts, the tournament system, and input variability.’”  [...]

2022-09-02T10:32:04-04:00September 2nd, 2022|Animal Welfare, Food Integrity, In The News|

The Pulse: State attorneys general, including NC’s Josh Stein, support new poultry rule but question oversight

State attorneys general, including NC’s Josh Stein, support new poultry rule but question oversight This article features Government Accountability Project’s whistleblower client, Rudy Howell, and was originally published here. The attorneys general of 10 states, including North Carolina’s Josh Stein, are backing a proposed rule by the U.S. Department of Agriculture that is meant [...]

2022-08-15T10:08:45-04:00August 15th, 2022|Animal Welfare, Food Integrity, In The News|

Virginia Lawyer’s Weekly: Whistleblower retaliation suit by vet proceeds

Whistleblower retaliation suit by vet proceeds This article excerpt features Government Accountability Project’s whistleblower client, Dr. Karen Iovino, and was originally published here. "A whistleblower’s retaliatory termination suit against her former employer has survived dismissal, but the judge limited her allegations to those presented in her complaint to the Office of the Inspector General, [...]

2022-07-26T15:57:26-04:00May 16th, 2022|Animal Welfare, In The News, Whistleblower Rights|

Vice: Superbug-Infected Chicken is Being Sold All Over the US

Superbug-Infected Chicken is Being Sold All Over the US This article excerpt features Government Accountability Project’s whistleblower client, Rudy Howell, and was originally published here. A complaint filed with the Bureau of Consumer Protection from February 2021 documented the traumatic catching process, detailing how Tyson sends “catching crews” into the grow houses to grab [...]

2022-07-26T15:58:14-04:00March 16th, 2022|Animal Welfare, Food Integrity, In The News|

Blaze Media: PETA, other animal rights groups back pro-life activist facing multimillion dollar lawsuit

PETA, other animal rights groups back pro-life activist facing multimillion dollar lawsuit This article features Government Accountability Project and was originally published here. People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals and several other animal rights and free speech groups are backing a pro-life activist who is facing a multimillion dollar lawsuit for exposing, through undercover journalism, Planned [...]