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Protesters rally against treatment of animals at Lagoon

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Posted at 7:02 PM, Oct 10, 2015
and last updated 2015-10-10 21:02:20-04

FARMINGTON, Utah -- After the ACLU filed a lawsuit, the City of Farmington downgraded its free speech ordinance so groups who want to protest no longer have to pay a $50 fee, and Saturday a group of protesters gathered in demonstration against the treatment of animals at Lagoon.

The local animal rights group Direct Action Everywhere SLC has protested outside of Lagoon regularly, and they are opposed to the way animals at Lagoon are kept and cared for.

Bernie Garcia is the director of an upcoming documentary about the subject, and he spoke to FOX 13 at Saturday’s protest.

"We're protesting the miserable conditions that exotic animals, lions, tigers, bears, zebras, live here at lagoon,” he said. “The numerous USDA violations, and we're protesting for them to have a better life."

Two people who organized a similar protest this summer were cited for not having a permit, though those charges have since been dropped.