14-01-2014 02:01 AM | USA

Utah defends law aimed at livestock filming

The state of Utah is pushing back against animal-welfare activists who contend a state law to prevent filming of agricultural operations is designed to silence them.

The lawsuit is the first of its kind challenging measures popularly known as "ag-gag" laws. Utah is one of six states that have them.

In new court papers filed last week, state attorneys argue a federal judge should throw out a lawsuit because the activists have not shown they face an immediate threat of criminal prosecution. The state first asked for the case to be dismissed in October.
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