I applaud Judge Winmill’s decision declaring Idaho’s ag-gag law unconstitutional. We have animal cruelty statutes in Idaho that need to be enforced and violators prosecuted. We see all too often the mistreatment of our production animals and in particular the videotaped abuse of the dairy cows at Bettencourt. But I believe that this is even a greater victory for our First Amendment. Without our ability to “speak” freely, we have limited means to bring to the public’s attention violations of our other amendments. Nice job, Judge Winmill. I am sure that it took courage to buck Idaho’s “Big Ag.”
Andi Elliott, Hamer
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