In April 2024, the Ontario Superior Court in Canada ordered to strike down much of the province’s ag-gag law that is aimed to stop undercover investigations at animal farms or slaughterhouses to document conditions and expose animal cruelty. Justice Markus Koehnen of the Superior Court ruled that multiple provisions under the regulation of the ag-gag law violate the right to freedom of expression guaranteed under the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

Initially, the ruling concluded that there would be a further hearing for the parties to make arguments about when the striking down of the law should come into effect, but the government has agreed that it should be struck down immediately, and on 2nd May the Court signed an order to that effect. However, the government served notice that it plans to appeal the part of the court decision that overturned Ontario’s ag-gag law. The animal protection group Animal Justice, which had been legally challenging the ag-gag law, said it is committed to defending the ruling against an appeal and will continue the fight to ensure investigative work at farms can continue.

Therefore, at least for now, investigators and journalists are free to continue investigating animal agriculture facilities exposing the hidden cruelty in the animal agriculture industry. 

Just days before Ontario’s ag-gag law took effect, Animal Justice released the last legal undercover exposé in the province, showing mother pigs being beaten, kicked, and slapped by workers, and piglets having their tails and testes sliced off without pain relief. The investigation resulted in convictions against Paragon pig farm for castrating and cutting the tails off of piglets without pain relief, and for an illegal c-section performed on a live, conscious mother pig.

“Originally from Catalonia, but resident in the UK for several decades, Jordi is a vegan zoologist and author, who has been involved in different aspects of animal protection for many years. In addition to scientific research, he has worked mostly as an undercover investigator, animal welfare consultant, and animal protection campaigner. He has been an ethical vegan since 2002, and in 2020 he secured the legal protection of all ethical vegans in Great Britain from discrimination in a landmark employment tribunal case that was discussed all over the world. He is also the author of the book, ‘Ethical Vegan: a personal and political journey to change the world’.