Humane Society sues Raleigh over bus ads
Posted August 16, 2013
Raleigh, N.C. — 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.