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Thursday, May 15, 2008

Animal Activists Arrested For Violating New Utah Law

3 animal rights activists were arrested for picketing an animal researchers home.

The protesters were released from jail the same day but plan to file a lawsuit against the Salt Lake City Police Department for violating their First Amendment right to peacefully protest. Attorney Brian Barnard will represent the protesters in their case.

One protester requested arrest instead of a citation, said Jeremy Beckham, founder of Utah Primate Freedom, an organization at the protest.

"He basically said if you're serious about taking away my First Amendment rights, I'm not going to go down quietly," Beckham said.

The arrested protesters were three of 16 individuals picketing around the home of a researcher from the U's Moran Eye Center, whose research includes testing monkeys to study how the brain receives stimuli from the eye.

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