Animal Rights Group Sues Over Bus Ad Ban

Animal Rights Group Sues Over Bus Ad Ban

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- An animal rights group and a Salt Lake County resident have filed a federal lawsuit against a Park City ordinance that forbids on-vehicle advertising on city streets.

In a lawsuit filed Monday in U.S. District Court, the activist organization Showing Animals Respect and Kindness Inc., or SHARK, challenges a sign ordinance that prevents it from parking its "Tiger Truck" on city streets.

As described in the lawsuit, the truck is "essentially a four-sided billboard on wheels" that often displays videos of animal abuse.

SHARK wishes to drive and park the Tiger Truck on the streets of Park City, but is afraid of being criminally prosecuted, the lawsuit says.

The lawsuit alleges the ordinance is unconstitutional because Park City allows advertising on public buses and does not forbid private businesses from displaying information on vehicles.

(Copyright 2003 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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