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Published May 7, 2013 1:01 am

This is an archived article that was published on sltrib.com in 2013, and information in the article may be outdated. It is provided only for personal research purposes and may not be reprinted.

Re "Utah prosecutor dismisses suddenly high-profile 'ag gag' case" (Tribune, May 1):

Many thanks to Amy Meyer for checking out and filming a slaughterhouse in Draper. What may have started with curiosity to view a slaughterhouse quickly turned to Meyer finding a sad situation with an injured, sick cow being carted off in a backhoe and other cows frantically trying to escape.

Then came the outcome of Meyer's arrest for filming this tragedy.

This incident raised many questions regarding the legality and purpose of the Utah "ag gag" law that bans filming animal abuse on private property. Fortunately, Meyer proved she was filming from public property and was not prosecuted.

Animal abuse can be protected and hidden, but caring citizens who film and report these crimes are subject to prosecution. It is sad and disappointing that the Utah Legislature passed this law.

Linda Jenkins

West Jordan