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Humane Society sues Raleigh over bus ads

Posted August 16, 2013

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— The Humane Society of the United States sued the Raleigh Transit Authority on Friday for refusing to run advertisements on its buses that show pigs confined in pens on factory farms.

The organization said other major cities have carried the ads on their buses without problem.

“The Raleigh Transit Authority cannot refuse to run this advertisement just because it is uncomfortable with showing the public how abused most breeding pigs in the pork industry are,” Jonathan Lovvorn, senior vice president for animal protection litigation at the Human Society, said in a statement. “The Transit Authority is violating the First Amendment by censoring animal welfare messages and depriving the citizens of Raleigh of information pertinent to their food purchases.”

North Carolina is the nation’s second-largest pork-producing state.

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  • flowersf Aug 19, 2013

    Yay for the Humane Society for pushing this! The public needs to stop being so blind!

  • TTDD Aug 19, 2013

    Get over it. Just pigs. Move on!

  • Carrboro-resident Aug 19, 2013

    Ads used to raise the public's awareness about the cruel conditions animals face in factory farms DOES help animals. It's up to us to help them by making a few small changes in our own lives.

  • Scubagirl Aug 19, 2013

    Their money would best be spent on animals not advertisements for or against anything.

  • Mom120 Aug 19, 2013

    Gidder Don.. just what i was thinking

  • Gidder Dun Aug 19, 2013

    "Go ahead and put the ads on the busses,it'll remind someone going to the grocery store that they need bacon, pork chops,and a smoked ham for Sunday lunch !!"

    Agree with this post!!!

  • heelzfan4 Aug 16, 2013

    The Humane Society needs to stick to the mission of helping as many animals as they can instead of worrying about who will or will not show an ad. The money they will spend on this suit could have helped many animals I'm sure. They just lost my next contribution! If folks who eat pork don't know how pigs are raised, let them ask. I don't condone any form of animal abuse. My grandfather was a big pork producer, and he treated his pigs like kings - and never harmed them when they were put in pens/trucks heading to market.

  • tmed1938 Aug 16, 2013

    Go ahead and put the ads on the busses,it'll remind someone going to the grocery store that they need bacon, pork chops,and a smoked ham for Sunday lunch !!

  • ncproud1965 Aug 16, 2013

    I am so glad I came across the article, I just couldn't decide on what to have for dinner, some good old NC barbeque will hit the spot.. thanks

  • jeff27577 Aug 16, 2013

    put the signs on, i could care less. ill still enjoy bacon

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