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Time For Courts to Punish PETA



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PETA is an extremely litigious organization that often files lawsuits for the publicity and fund raising opportunities, as in Sea World's whales are "slaves," rather than seeking to correct an actually bona fide wrong. There is a name for that: Abuse of process. And it can be punished. PETA's latest frivolous lawsuit sought to prevent the California Milk Advisory Board from advertising that my state's milk comes from "happy cows."  Tossed.  From the CNS News story:
Superior Court Judge Lloyd G. Connelly in Sacramento dismissed  the suit, ruling that PETA had failed to provide any evidence that California dairy farms mistreat dairy cows. Connelly held that state agriculture inspectors and the  state dairy board had “extensive experience and knowledge that provides  strong evidentiary support” justifying the dairy board's claims that  California dairy farmers “are very concerned about the health, comfort  and safety of their cows” and “adhere to some of the highest animal  welfare standards in the U.S.” The judge further found that the marketing statements in the  promotion “are general assertions about the efforts of California dairy  farmers in caring for their cows, not factual representations of the  health status and comfort level of the cows or the particular practices  and standards used by farmers to care for the cows.”
It is time for courts to lower the boom.  Our courts are jammed and people with real cases have a tough time getting to court.  Make these friviolous suits cost real money and PETA will stop.  Until then, it's just a business expense to these fanatics.


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