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Join Animal Law professor and longtime activist Mariann Sullivan as she unpacks the latest updates, cases, and news from the burgeoning world of animal law. Mariann will be joined by the leaders in the field, and will offer her own insightful (and sometimes biting) commentary.
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Animal Law Podcast #27: Matthew Strugar (and something catchy added here)
Welcome to the 27th episode of the Animal Law Podcast! Mariann is joined by Matthew Strugar, who began his career at the Center for Constitutional Rights in NYC, where he supported the SHAC 7—animal rights activists who faced charges of Animal Enterprise Terror for running a website which advocated and reported on both legal and illegal protests against a laboratory. In 2011, he joined the PETA Foundation as Director of Litigation, where he oversaw and litigated matters involving the First Amendment an animal law, including challenging state “Ag-Gag” laws which seek to criminalize undercover investigations at factory farms, content-based prohibitions against animal rights advocacy in government-run advertising, and a school board that sought to fire a teacher for advocating veganism on his personal Facebook page. Matthew founded the Law Office of Matthew Strugar to return to civil rights, prisoners’ rights, police misconduct, and protester defense, while maintaining animal law as an as important aspect of his practice.
On this episode, Matthew tells us about a Federal judge’s decision to declare Utah’s ag-gag law unconstitutional. The Ag Gag Law was part of a movement among agricultural states to stop undercover investigations by animal rights groups that expose the common, casual, and pervasive violence to animals who are raised for food. Like other state’s ag gag laws, Utah’s made it a crime to obtain employment at an animal agricultural facility and then film the mistreatment that the investigator saw with his or her own eyes. It also made it a crime to obtain employment at an animal agricultural facility through misrepresentation, including when an applicant refused to out himself or herself as an animal rights activist as part of the application process. Matthew and Mariann discuss interpreting free speech and the 1st Amendment in the context of recording activities at animal agriculture facilities, the implications of this decision for other ag-gag laws.
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