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Industry foe charged under Iowa's new food trespassing law

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Posted at 2:04 PM, Apr 08, 2021
and last updated 2021-04-08 15:04:48-04

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — An animal rights activist whose investigations have made him a leading foe of the livestock industry has been charged with trespassing at a pig facility. It's the first case brought under Iowa’s latest so-called ag-gag law.

Matthew Johnson is charged with trespassing at a food operation for his presence Feb. 5 at an Iowa Select Farms sow operation in Dows. Investigators say surveillance video captured Johnson approach one of the buildings and try to pull a door to determine if it was locked before running away.

Under the law signed by Republican Gov. Kim Reynolds in June, trespassing at a food operation is an aggravated misdemeanor that carries up to two years in prison.

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