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Animal Advocates Find Ag-Gag Appeal 'Outrageous'


  • George Prentice

It didn't take long for animal rights advocates to cry foul after Idaho Attorney General Lawrence Wasden announced he had filed an appeal of the federal court's decision to invalidate Idaho's controversial "Ag-Gag" law.

In August of this year, the U.S. District Court of Idaho ruled  the ag-gag law was unconstitutional, stating it "violates the Equal Protection Clause because it was motivated in substantial part by animus towards animal welfare groups, and because it impinges on free speech, a fundamental right."

Earlier this week, to the chagrin of Gem State Democrats who unsuccessfully challenged the original measure in 2014, the State of Idaho appealed the U.S. District Court's August 2015 ruling.

National nonprofit organization Mercy for Animals called Idaho's appeal "absolutely outrageous," adding the ag-gag law is "dangerous, unconstitutional and un-American."

Wasden did not offer a comment on his appeal.