An effective, but hard to swallow tool of animal activists is heart wrenching video footage captured inside some industrial factory farms that produce our nation’s food. Earlier this year, Iowa lawmakers swiftly moved the nation’s first “Ag Gag” bill (FH 589/SF431) through the legislature and onto the desk of Gov. Terry Branstad, who signed it into law almost immediately.

It was a stunning blow to those who hoped for more transparency in our food system, not less.  Fast forward three months, and advocates are closely watching Iowa again.

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