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Members of an Amish community in Kentucky may take their cases to court after being cited for violating an ordinance requiring horses to wear bags to catch their droppings.

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Two Amish men from Kentucky who sued the city of Auburn's mayor and police chief over an ordinance requiring horses to wear excrement-catching bags within city limits have voluntarily dismissed their federal lawsuit.

Amish Sue Auburn, KY Over Equine Diaper Law

Dec 26, 2016

Two Amish men are suing the city of Auburn, Kentucky, in Logan County, saying a city ordinance is placing a substantial burden on their freedom of religion.

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Amish residents are fighting back against a western Kentucky town’s ordinance requiring horses to wear collection bags to catch their droppings.  

An Amish father and son will be in a Logan County courtroom Wednesday.  The men are facing charges of violating a local ordinance requiring owners to clean up after their large animals.

Amos Mast and his son Dan, both of Auburn, were cited this year by police for refusing to fit their horses with special bags to collect their droppings.  The ordinance requires large animals to wear the collection devices in order to keep streets clear of feces. 

Members of the Amish community object to the law, claiming the devices can spook their horses.  The Mast family will take their case before a jury in Logan District Court. 

The Masts are members of the Old Order Amish, the same sect involved in a legal battle a few years ago when they refused to place a slow-moving vehicle emblem on the back of their horse-drawn buggies.  They objected to the bright orange emblem on religious grounds.  The General Assembly eventually passed a law allowing the Amish to place reflective tape on their buggies.

From NPR: The Amish may have chosen to go without many of the delights of the modern world, but they still need to drill, sand and cut wood. So they come to the Buckeye Tool Expo in Dalton, Ohio, for loopholes that allow them to get their hands on power tools. These Amish-friendly alternatives include tools powered by compressed air instead of electricity and industrial skylights that replace gas lamps.

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Drivers of slow moving vehicles now have the option of using reflective tape instead of the standard orange triangle while on Kentucky roads.

Secrets of Crittenden County Author Visits Region

Mar 23, 2012

Murray resident Janet Finch alerted WKMS Station Manager Kate Lochte to Shelley Shepard Gray's visit to the region.   This New York Times best-selling author has set previous books amidst Amish communities in Ohio.  Upon discovering our Amish community in Crittenden County, she decided to use it as setting for a new series, the first book of which -- "Missing" -- came out March 20, 2012.  Commemorating the publication, Ms. Gray is making  stops in Paducah, Murray and Marion the weekend of March 24.  Hear more about the author. 


Kentucky Supreme Court to Hear Amish Buggy Case

Mar 15, 2012

The Kentucky Supreme Court will hear arguments today from a group of Graves County Amish men who refused for religious reasons to use a slow moving vehicle sign on their horse-drawn buggies. The men say their faith forbids them from using the orange reflective triangles as the color is immodest and the triangular shape represents the Holy Trinity which they do not believe in. Many have gone to jail for refusing to pay fines for not displaying the signs. An American Civil Liberties Union attorney is arguing on behalf of the men, who are part of the conservative Amish sect Swartzentruber.

A bill that would allow slow-moving vehicles to use reflective tape instead of an orange triangle is moving through the House. The triangles have become an issue in Kentucky’s Amish community, where the symbol and loud color run counter to religious beliefs. Some Amish men have been arrested for refusing to use the triangles on their buggies. Both the House and the Senate passed separate bills addressing the issue. But the Senate proposal has fewer requirements, and the House decided to take up the Senate’s version.