To date, seven of America's major agricultural states have successfully passed what are known as agricultural gag laws -- laws that restrict the investigation of animal abuse on major industrial farms.
These laws were the subject of a forum that took place this past weekend at the Yale Law School. This hour, we talk with some experts from that forum to find out more about what "ag-gag" laws are, and what kind of impact they might have here in Connecticut.
We also take a closer look at the history of agriculture in our state. And later, we hear from a local photographer whose latest project, The Connecticut Farm Project, aims to capture and educate viewers about life as a modern Connecticut farmer.
- Irina Anta - Yale Law School student
- Matthew Liebman - Senior Attorney at Animal Legal Defense Fund
- Annie Hornish - State Director of the Humane Society of the United States
- Steven Reviczky - Commissioner of the Connecticut Department of Agriculture
- Jim Smith - Lebanon dairy farmer
- Jack McConnell - Connecticut photographer; creator of The Connecticut Farm Project