Utah will pay $349k to settle a lawsuit that successfully overturned the ban on secret filming at farm and livestock facilities.
The settlement will cover the cost of lawyers and other case-related costs generated by animal rights groups that challenged the law.
A federal judge determined that the law prevented abuse and scandal from being detected in farm and agricultural facilities and was deemed unconstitutional.
“In sum,” Judge Selby stated in his ruling, “it appears the consensus among courts is that the act of recording is protectable First Amendment speech. And this court agrees.”
The overturned law is another step towards preventing animal cruelty.