Thursday, December 29, 2016

Amish Sue Over City Requirement For Equine Diapers

Two members of the Old Order Swartzentruber Amish sect filed suit last week in a Kentucky state court challenging a 2014 amendment to Auburn, Kentucky's animal waste ordinance requiring horses and other large animals to wear animal catching devices.  As reported by WBKO and Bowling Green Daily News, the ordinance targets the Amish, requiring their horses to wear equine diapers.  The sect's elders decided that it violates religious principles to comply with the requirement. A number of Amish have already been prosecuted under the ordinance. (See prior posting). The lawsuit contends that the ordinance violates state and federal constitutional provisions as well as the Kentucky Religious Freedom Restoration Act.