Advocacy organizations including the Center for Food Safety and Food & Water Watch have filed an amicus brief to support an animal-rights orga- nization coalition’s challenge to a Utah law that criminalizes undercover investigations of meat and poultry processing facilities. Animal Legal Def. Fund v. Herbert, No. 13-0679 (U.S. Dist. Ct., D. Utah, Cent. Div., brief filed December 17, 2013). Contending that the government has failed to prevent illegal animal-handling practices that ultimately threaten consumer safety and that consumers have the right to know how food is produced, the brief calls for the court to decide the challenge to Utah’s “ag-gag” law, Utah Code Ann. § 76-6-112, on the merits. Among other matters, amici refer to the undercover investigation conducted by the Humane Society of the United States in  2007 of a Hallmark/Westland facility and its conclusion in a U.S. Depart-  ment of Agriculture ground-beef recall over concerns that the meat “did not receive complete and proper inspection and was therefore unfit for human consumption.”