Turning the Tables
Could it be the table has turned for extreme animal rights activist groups such as PETA? Or perhaps common sense has finally returned to the judicial arena. Either way, it was good news this month when two of PETA’s frivolous lawsuits were given the thumbs down by judges in California and Kansas. A California judge ruled against PETA’s lawsuit aimed at shutting down the state’s dairy industry “Happy Cows Come From California” marketing campaign because in PETA’s words, “such marketing claims violate state rules by misrepresenting the health and well being of dairy cows”. The judge thought differently though after being presented sufficient evidence from the California Department of Food and Agriculture and the state’s Milk Advisory Board that California dairy cows are indeed comfortable, safe and happy. In Kansas, a U.S. District Court judge determined that PETA does not have the right to force state fair organizers there to publicly display PETA’s graphic anti-meat video. PETA can have a booth, but people wanting to see the video will have to request a viewing. Maybe, it’s finally sinking in that animal welfare decisions should be based on scientific fact, not radical ideological emotionalism.