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Ag-gag laws in Utah, Idaho face court challenges; some farm groups to turn to social media

FILE - This file photo provided by Mercy for Animals, shows a frame grab from a video made by an undercover member of the group of male chicks being tossed into a grinder at an Iowa hatchery. The yearslong fight over laws prohibiting secretly filmed documentation of animal abuse is moving from state legislatures to federal courts as laws in Utah and Idaho face constitutional challenges. Half of U.S. states have attempted to pass so-called ag-gag laws, but only seven have been successful. (AP Photo/Mercy for Animals, File)

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FILE - This file photo provided by Mercy for Animals, shows a frame grab from a video made by an undercover member of the group of male chicks being tossed into a grinder at an Iowa hatchery. The yearslong fight over laws prohibiting secretly filmed documentation of animal abuse is moving from state legislatures to federal courts as laws in Utah and Idaho face constitutional challenges. Half of U.S. states have attempted to pass so-called ag-gag laws, but only seven have been successful. (AP Photo/Mercy for Animals, File)

DES MOINES, Iowa - The yearslong fight over laws prohibiting secretly filmed documentation of animal abuse is moving from state legislatures to federal courts as laws in Utah and Idaho face constitutional challenges.

Half of U.S. states have attempted to pass so-called ag-gag laws, but only seven have been successful.

Animal rights groups, free speech activists and others have filed two separate, but similar lawsuits against ag-gag measures in two Western states.

The lawsuits say the secrecy puts consumers at a higher risk of food safety problems and animals at higher risk of abuse. But farm organizations and livestock producers say the laws are aimed at protecting their homes and businesses from intruders.

Many states are watching closely the lawsuits to see if the constitutional challenges stick.

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