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Coalition Responds to Idaho’s Motion to Dimiss Ag Gag Lawsuit
Animal Legal Defense Fund
BOISE — Last week, national nonprofits Animal Legal Defense Fund (ALDF), People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), the American Civil Liberties Union of Idaho (ACLU), and Center for Food Safety (CFS) filed a response to the state of Idaho’s motion to dismiss a lawsuit filed earlier this spring in the U.S. District Court for the District of Idaho. In March 2014, a coalition of organizations dedicated to civil liberties, animal protection, food safety, labor rights, and the environment, along with journalists, filed the federal lawsuit to overturn Idaho’s newly passed “ag gag” statute, which was signed into law by Idaho governor C.L. “Butch” Otter in February (Idaho Code sec. 18-7042). Since the lawsuit was filed, groups including the AFL-CIO, the Government Accountability Project, Food and Water Watch, and a coalition of journalist organizations led by the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press, have submitted “friend of the court” legal briefs in support of the coalition’s lawsuit.

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