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Raleigh buses to feature pig ads as part of legal settlement

Posted October 18, 2013

— The Humane Society of the United States said Friday that it has settled a lawsuit against the Raleigh Transit Authority over bus advertisements showing pigs confined in pens on factory farms.

The Humane Society sued the transit authority in August after it refused to run the ads on one bus for six months, calling it "too negative." The organization said that violated its First Amendment rights.

As part of the settlement, the ads will now run on two buses for six months.

“We are pleased that this case has come to a swift end and that the citizens of Raleigh will be better informed about how most breeding pigs in the pork industry are so routinely abused,” Jonathan Lovvorn, senior vice president for animal protection litigation at the Humane Society, said in a statement.


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  • Sherlock Oct 21, 2013

    I wonder if I can get a group to sue for running the ad's as those picture would be offensive to me? Any lawyers want to take the case, you can keep the money..

  • Sherlock Oct 21, 2013

    Please pass the bacon..

  • dwntwnboy2 Oct 18, 2013

    They should sell space on FOUR busses to the pork manufacturers! Nobody wants depressing troubling ads riding around town. The bus should have a right to refuse anything they want- tv stations do it all the time.

  • wayneboyd Oct 18, 2013

    I'd agree if I were the bus company, as long as the pictures depicted the pig huggers eating with the pigs.

  • glarg Oct 18, 2013

    Well I guess those Washington sophisticates sure showed us yokels. Now poor people stuck riding the bus will be forced to start at whatever nastiness their Madison Ave ad boys paint up.

    It would be amusing if the Transit Authority ran a recipe for stuffed pork chops next to it.

  • changein2016please! Oct 18, 2013

    Interesting that our largest pork producer is now owned by the Chinese. Do you think they care what the Humane Society thinks about how pigs are contained when they have child labor and humans locked up factories and they are fine with that?

  • Inside The Beltline Oct 18, 2013

    I think what people don't get is this is government making money by advertising. If this were a private entity, there would be no question, but this is our government allowing people to advertise on public buses. They have no right to deny people their constitutional right to free speech. This will probably cause CAT/Raleigh Transit Authority to move to change their bus advertising, but if our government wants to sell ads, they have to give everyone the opportunity to speak. This is very different from a private company.

    That being said, I will have bacon with my breakfast tomorrow, but I will also be diligent enough to know it didn't come from a corporate pork manufacturing facility - much different from a farm.

  • A person Oct 18, 2013

    Adam & Eve should sue to be able to advertise sex toys on the buses now

  • A person Oct 18, 2013

    Pork chops and apple sauce

  • A person Oct 18, 2013

    Does this mean we will be subjected to all kinds of offensive ads by whoever wants to advertise for whatever they want to. I find the human society to be very offensive. They make me want to go out nd buy pork chops.