Animal rights group takes legal tactic to Arkansas

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The Animal Legal Defense Fund (ALDF), in concert with three other organizations, has filed a lawsuit in Arkansas challenging that state’s law protecting the property rights of livestock owners, according to court documents from the U.S. District Court of Eastern Arkansas.

The law, which activists call an “ag-gag” law, is an “unconstitutional restriction on free speech,” the groups said in a news release.

It is, ALDF said, the eighth such lawsuit it has filed in various states, and the first naming private entities. Defendants include DeAnn Vaught, the Arkansas lawmaker who sponsored the law, who also is an owner and operator of Prayer Creek Farm in Horatio, Ark.

ALDF also has sued in Idaho, Utah, Wyoming, Iowa, North Carolina and Kansas. The group has sued in Iowa twice, where, when the first state law was struck down, legislators passed a revised version.

The groups joining ALDF in its complaint are Animal Equality, the Center for Biological Diversity and Food Chain Workers Alliance. The Vaughts have not yet responded to the initial filing.

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