SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Animal-welfare activists are saying Utah legislators enacted a law to prevent filming of agricultural operations to silence them. They say the misdemeanor offense is unconstitutional because it singles them out for punishment.
The Deseret News reports (http://bit.ly/1d8Ei1x ) that the argument is being made by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals and the Animal Legal Defense Fund in a recent filing in federal court in Salt Lake City.
The groups filed a lawsuit in July to overturn the law enacted last year. It makes it a misdemeanor to trespass on private property to record images or sounds of a livestock operation.
State attorneys asked a federal judge in October to throw out the lawsuit. They contend the activists can't show an immediate threat of prosecution.
Information from: Deseret News, http://www.deseretnews.com