Iowa ‘ag-gag’ law stops animal-rights groups from video-sabotage against farmers
Sponsored by Sen. Joe Seng, and signed into law in 2012 by Gov. Branstad, HF589 (Chapter No. 1005) states that “a person is guilty of agricultural production facility fraud if the person willfully does any of the following: a. Obtains access to an agricultural production facility by false pretenses. b. Makes a false statement or representation as part of an application or agreement to be employed at an agricultural production facility, if the person knows the statement to be false, and makes the statement with an intent to commit an act not authorized by the owner of the agricultural production facility, knowing that the act is not authorized.” Violators are guilty of either a serious misdemeanor or an aggravated misdemeanor (based on the number of violations) and may be punished with up to one year in prison and a $1,500 fine.