Sign the Petition to Utah Senate President Wayne Niederhauser, Utah House Speaker Rebecca D. Lockhart

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We deserve laws that protect animals—as well as the safety of our families, the health of our environment, and our first amendment rights. Ag gag laws remove these protections, jeopardizing values held dear by Utahns and people across the country. 
The Animal Legal Defense Fund (ALDF) and People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) have filed the nation’s first lawsuit against ag gag legislation, taking Utah to court for infringing on the free speech rights of activists, investigators, and journalists by criminalizing undercover investigations at factory farms. Utah’s ag gag law prevents animal advocates and law enforcement from collecting evidence of egregious and sometimes illegal abuse of animals on factory farms.
We urge you, as Utah’s legislative leadership, to support a repeal of Utah's ag gag law today.


Signed,

Animal Legal Defense Fund

Ag gag laws criminalize the collection of evidence of animal abuse on factory farms and are a threat to people across the country. These laws prevent the public from seeing the abuse of animals, illegal working conditions, and risky food safety practices that are common behind the closed gates of industrial farming facilities.

In February, Utah became the first state to charge an individual under an ag gag law. Amy Meyer, a Salt Lake City resident, videotaped animal abuse at a slaughterhouse from a public road and was charged under Utah's ag gag law. The state dismissed her case after a public outcry, but Amy still feels the chilling effect of Utah's law. 

The Animal Legal Defense Fund and PETA have filed a groundbreaking lawsuit challenging Utah's ag gag law for violating the First Amendment, Supremacy Clause, and Fourteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. The lawsuit is the first in the nation to challenge the constitutionality of ag gag  laws. 

Help ALDF protect free speech—sign the petition asking Utah's legislative leadership to support a repeal of Utah's ag gag law today.

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