Utah law preventing filming of animal rights abuses challenged in court


A coalition of animal rights groups are looking to get Utah’s law banning the recording of agricultural facilities without consent taken off the books. PETA, the Animal Legal Defense Fund (ALDF), and others filed suit in a Utah district court alleging that the controversial “ag gag” law violates the First Amendment, the Supremacy Clause, and the Fourteenth Amendment of the US Constitution.

Laws like the one in Utah are used by the agribusiness industry to prevent public relations fiascos like the one faced by Hallmark Meat Packing Co. in 2007. Undercover video of sick “downer” cattle being forced to slaughter with forklifts and cattle prods led to the largest beef recall in US history and bankrupted the plant. Last year,…

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