Challenging Utah’s Ag-Gag Law
Animal Legal Defense Fund v. Gary Herbert
The Animal Legal Defense Fund brought a lawsuit challenging Utah's Ag-Gag law and the United States District Court of Utah declared the statute unconstitutional.
In 2012, Utah enacted an Ag-Gag law which criminalized the collection of evidence of animal abuse on factory farms. The law made recording agricultural operations a crime, even for reporters and activists investigating criminal animal abuse and violations of food safety and other laws.
The Animal Legal Defense Fund, along with PETA and a coalition of activists and journalists, filed a first-of-its-kind lawsuit in 2013 challenging the constitutionality of this law. We argued that the Ag-Gag law was a violation of the First and Fourteenth Amendments to the U.S. Constitution.
The U.S. District Court of Utah declared Utah’s Ag-Gag statute unconstitutional in 2017. This was the second time a state Ag-Gag statute had been struck down as unconstitutional, both rulings the result of lawsuits led by the Animal Legal Defense Fund.
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