In the weeks since Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter signed
SB 1337—the controversial
"ag-gag" bill—into law, the rest of the country has responded with shock, culminating in a multi-party lawsuit filed against
Otter and Idaho Attorney General Lawrence Wasden on March 17.
has been doggedly covering the issues of food safety and animal treatment in Idaho agricultural for years before "ag-gag" started grabbing headlines, and national magazine The Atlantic
has taken notice.
In a piece posted today
on the magazine's website (and one posted March 12 on The Week
), writer Andrew Cohen referenced BW'
s 2011 award-winning investigation
into antibiotic use at Idaho dairies, as well as our 2012 report on animal abuse
occurring at Bettencourt Dairies in Hansen.
"It was this investigative work that caused one concerned lawmaker to lament recently not the cruelty, or unclean food, but the injustice of these farm operators being 'tried and convicted in the press or on YouTube,'" Cohen wrote.