Idaho asks appeals court to uphold ban on farm spies

Seattle • Idaho is asking a federal appeals court to reinstate a statewide ban on spying at farms, dairies and slaughterhouses after a lower court judge sided with animal rights activists who said the ban violated free speech rights. Idaho lawmakers passed the law in 2014 making it a criminal offense to enter agricultural facilities by misrepresentation or to make undercover audio or video recordings. The state’s $2.5 billion dairy industry had complained that videos of cows being abused at a so...

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