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USDA Weighs Options on HSUS Lawsuit


HSUS logo squareMeatingplace reports that USDA is looking into its options after a federal appeals court cleared the way for 2012 lawsuit. The lawsuit was filed by an Iowa hog farmer, the Humane Society of the United States and the group Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement. A District Court had originally ruled that the legal challenge against USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack’s annual support of the Pork Checkoff’s “Pork: The Other White Meat” campaign from the National Pork Producers Council crossed the line in terms of potential legislative influence did not have legal standing, but that was overturned on Monday.

A USDA spokesman told Meatingplace the “Court of Appeals’ decision was based on a procedural issue, and does not address the basic issue in the case that the assessments and expenditures by the National Pork Board were proper.”