adj. Relating to laws that criminalize the taking of undercover photos and videos in certain businesses. Also: ag gag.

Example Citations:
Ag-gag” laws have spread rapidly, and half a dozen states have made it illegal to film factory farms.

The agriculture industry wants to bring ag-gag to Australia.
—Will Potter, “Australia risks copying US ‘ag-gag’ laws to turn animal activists into terrorists,” Sydney Morning Herald (Australia), May 9, 2014

Minnesota’s “ag-gag” law — isn’t that a great name? — would seek to punish not only photographers and videographers but those who distribute their work, which means organizations like the Humane Society of the United States and Mercy for Animals, which contracted the videographer for the E6 investigation.
—Mark Bittman, “Who Protects the Animals?,” Opinionator, April 26, 2011

Earliest Citation:
—geobear7, “Monsanto funds Iowa Ag-Gag bill,” Food Freedom, April 7, 2011

The ag part of this term is short for “agriculture,” because these gag (also called anti-whistleblower) laws were originally aimed at stopping activists who were using photographs and videos to document animal cruelty on factory farms.

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