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Victory for Whistleblowers! North Carolina Governor Vetoes Ag Gag Bill

Food Integrity Campaign | May 29, 2015

What a win for transparency! Today, North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory vetoed the state’s anti-whistleblower Ag Gag bill. This is a significant move in support of agriculture whistleblowers who, under the measure, would be criminalized for exposing wrongdoing at factory farms.

In a statement, Gov. McCrory explained his concerns with the bill:

“I believe it does not adequately protect or give clear guidance to honest employees who uncover criminal activity. I am concerned that subjecting these employees to potential civil penalties will create an environment that discourages them from reporting illegal activities.”

This isn’t just a win for North Carolina, but for the whole country. The state is #2 in pig factory farming, as well as a top producer of chicken and turkey. An Ag Gag law there would have threatened transparency and integrity in the nation’s food supply. Thanks to Gov. McCrory and all the food truth advocates who urged his veto, Big Ag can’t keep the public in the dark.

Truth-tellers should be protected, not punished. The Food Integrity Campaign has been fighting these anti-whistleblower measures since they started cropping up in 2011, and protecting food and agriculture whistleblowers since 1977.


Sarah Damian is Communications Manager for the Food Integrity Campaign.


  1. jason says:

    Congrats! Great work!Report

  2. Laura Young says:

    Yee-ha! God Bless You, Gov. McCrory, for having the guts and the integrity to veto this horrible bill! Thank You!Report

  3. Nancy Mayfield says:

    Great news!Report

  4. Erica Wuttke says:

    Thank God for a politician who has a conscious. And thanks to Gov. McCrory to listening to the people and not to a heartless industry.Report

  5. kate Eliz says:

    At last! Honesty from honest people. Justce will prevail. Thank you gov. McCrory. What an inspiration to animal welfareReport

  6. Jill says:

    From Seattle, WA WOOT WOOT!!!! Thank you for your veto! It speaks volumes of your character as a compassionate human being as well your integrity as a state leader. Keep up the good works! 🙂Report

  7. Donna says:

    So happy!!!! Report

  8. Lisa Scharin says:

    WOW! This is AMAZING!!!! THANK-YOU Governor McCrory!Report

  9. Kathleen Simmons says:

    Thank you Gov. McCrory.Report

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