The "Ag-Gag" War: Big Ag Declares War on Whistleblowers

Behind the scenes of the death match between Big Ag and undercover animal-rights activists.

As she would later tell independent journalist Will Potter, she noticed "a live cow who appeared to be sick or injured being carried away from the building in a tractor as though she were nothing more than rubble."

Meyer took out her cell phone and started recording. A Smith manager called the police, claiming Meyer had trespassed. But a Draper City officer allowed her to leave, believing she had remained on public land.

Two weeks later, city prosecutor Ben Rasmussen charged Meyer with "agricultural operation interference," a crime under Utah's new ag-gag law. She became the first person in American history to be ensnared for the crime of filming cows.

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Cody Carlson

In April, Potter posted the tale of Meyer's travails on his website, Green Is the New Red ( The story went viral, attracting hundreds of thousands of readers before the site crashed from the volume.

Within a day, Rasmussen decided Meyer didn't make a very good criminal after all and dropped the charges.

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Heather Phillips
Heather Phillips

Don't understand why this doesn't have more comments or likes..or attention for that matter. I guess everyone is cool that people trying to bring truth to light are ignored.

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