Federal Judge Rules Idaho’s ‘Ag Gag’ Law Unconstitutional
BOISE (KTVB) - A federal judge has ruled that Idaho's law banning secret filming of animal abuse at agricultural facilities is unconstitutional.
U.S. District Court Judge B. Lynn Winmill ruled Monday the law violates the First Amendment.
A coalition of animal activists, civil rights groups and media organizations sued the state more than a year ago, opposing the so called "ag gag" law. The coalition said the law curtailed freedom of speech and made gathering proof of animal abuse a crime with a harsher punishment than the penalty for animal cruelty.