This week a U.S. District Court Judge threw out a lawsuit filed by HSUS against USDA and Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. The court action was over Secretary Vilsack’s approval of the purchase of the Other White Meat trade mark and logo by the National Pork Board from the National Pork Producers Council. Pork Board President Karen Richter says it’s a great victory for USDA, Secretary Vilsack and all ag producers against unwarranted and frivolous attacks from activists.
HSUS had argued the sale and payments were unlawful since the Pork Board is prohibited from using check off dollars to influence legislation. The court dismissed the case ruling that HSUS’s argument lacked standing and no one suffered any injury from the Secretary’s actions. Richter says it’s a strong ruling in the Pork Board’s favor.
Richter agrees with NPPC President Randy Spronk who said that it was another expensive lawsuit that had nothing to do with improving the welfare of farm animals.