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Amy Meyer’s Ag-Gag Charges Have Been Dropped!

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Amy Meyer’s Ag-Gag Charges Have Been Dropped!

[Ed. Note: See original posting First “Ag-Gag” Prosecution: Utah Woman Filmed a Slaughterhouse from the Public Street]

From Will Potter, Green Is the New Red
April 30, 2013

It’s not often that we can celebrate “good news” on this website, but today is certainly one of them. The first use of any ag-gag law in the country, the very first prosecution, has been a resounding failure.

Just 24 hours after I broke the story about Amy Meyer’s arrest under Utah’s ag-gag bill [First “Ag-Gag” Prosecution: Utah Woman Filmed a Slaughterhouse from the Public Street], the Draper City prosecutor’s office has dropped all charges!

The charges were dismissed without prejudice, which means there’s a possibility of them being filed again, but her attorney says this is highly, highly unlikely — especially after the massive outpouring of outraged after yesterday’s article. To give you an idea: the article made it on the front page of reddit.com today, and in a few hours hundreds of thousands of people visited this website (crashing it for about an hour as we scrambled to adjust the servers).

Meyer and her attorney have bombarded with media calls. The Salt Lake Tribune ran a story based on my article today, as did Democracy Now. Local reporters even came to her home, attempting to follow up on this story.

I’ll post more later, but in short: thank you all for generating so much attention to this injustice. It’s not often that we can celebrate “good news” on this website, but today is certainly one of them. The first use of any ag-gag law in the country, the very first prosecution, has been a resounding failure.

I really hope this serves as a warning. Not to activists, but to Big Ag: you are losing.