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No security charge for animal welfare march

No security charge for animal welfare march



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MORGAN, Utah (AP) -- An animal welfare group will be allowed to conduct a protest march against raising and killing animals for fur without having to pay for security.

The Salt Lake Animal Advocacy Movement sued last month over Morgan County's requirement that the group pay $425 for extra police and permit fees along with taking out a million-dollar insurance policy.

The county contended the payment was based on the group's own concerns for the participants' safety. The group anticipates between 50 and 100 protesters marching in downtown Morgan for "Fur-Free Saturday."

The group's lawyer, Brian Barnard, contends the permit requirement in effect meant a protester would be taxed more for controversial ideas.

Barnard says both sides met with a federal judge earlier this week and the county agreed to let the protest proceed without the security fees.

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Information from: The Salt Lake Tribune

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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