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Utah to pay animal welfare groups $349,000 to settle ‘ag-gag’ lawsuit

TIFFANY CALDWELL: ‘The Utah Attorney General’s Office has agreed to pay animal welfare groups $349,000 to settle a lawsuit over the state’s “ag-gag” law, according to court documents filed on Friday. As long as it’s approved by the Utah Legislature, the $349,000 will cover attorneys’ fees and costs, court documents state. If the Legislature doesn’t fund the payment, the parties will ask a judge to rule on an appropriate amount. The Animal Legal Defense Fund and the People for Ethical Treatment of Animals, along with Amy Meyer — the first person charged in Utah with violating the ag-gag law — filed the lawsuit in 2013… Meyer had filmed a sick cow being pushed with a front-loader, according to the lawsuit… A federal judge, siding with animal-rights activists, struck down the “ag-gag” law in July, ruling that it violated free-speech rights’. SOURCE…

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