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Federal judge strikes down Utah's 'ag-gag' law as unconstitutional

Federal judge strikes down Utah's 'ag-gag' law as unconstitutional | 08 July 2017 | A federal judge on Friday struck down Utah's "ag-gag" law, siding with animal-rights activists that the statute -- which prohibits unauthorized filming of agricultural operations -- violates free-speech rights. U.S. District Judge Robert Shelby made the ruling on a case in which two animal-rights groups and an activist sued the state over the "agriculture operation interference" law, approved in 2012 by the Legislature. The law prohibited lying to gain access to a livestock operation, made secret recording illegal and required permission from the owner for someone who wishes to film.