Since April, a Western Australian Senator named Chris Back has been formulating ag-gag legislation to stop websites like that publicize undercover footage. And with the Liberal-National Party Coalition winning by a landslide in September, animal advocates fear that the legislation could become a reality. “We are concerned about the possibility of these laws being introduced into Australia but we are not, in any way, deterred from continuing what we know to be very important work,” says Patty Mark of Animal Liberation Victoria. Mark has been carrying out investigations of factory farms in Australia for 20 years. “What we witness inside animal agriculture is beyond comprehension,” she told me. “The public would not believe us, if we were not able to bring out the video and photographs of the extreme torture, humiliation, deprivation, terror and pain the animals suffer endlessly in their incarceration… Ag-Gag laws won’t stop us.”

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