PETA Threatens To Sue Kansas State Fair

By: AP (Posted by Melissa Brunner)
By: AP (Posted by Melissa Brunner)

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) _ People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals is threatening a free speech lawsuit against the Kansas State Fair over restrictions on its booth.

The American Civil Liberties Union of Kansas and Western Missouri and a Kansas City law firm have agreed to represent PETA in a potential federal suit. Attorneys have given fair officials until Thursday to rescind a demand that PETA shield passersby from any videos or pictures depicting animal slaughter.

ACLU legal director Doug Bonney says this is an obvious ACLU case because the state fair is imposing a content-based restriction on PETA's speech that is blatantly unconstitutional.

Fair manager Denny Stoecklein did not immediately return an email and phone message seeking comment.

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