Posted 2 years ago
By Fred Gough
WICHITA (AP) – An animal-rights group has withdrawn its lawsuit against the Kansas State Fair.
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals said in the lawsuit that fair officials were restricting the group’s free speech rights by requiring it to shield people from seeing images of animal slaughter at its booth.
Just days before the fair opened last month, a federal judge ruled fair officials could reasonably impose the restrictions.
A dismissal entered Wednesday in federal court shows that PETA and the state will pay their own costs and attorneys’ fees from the complaint.
PETA said in an email that it is pleased with the outcome. It says the fair’s censorship and the lawsuit drove traffic to its fair booth to discuss its message about cruelty to animals on farms and during slaughter.