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Raleigh buses to feature pig ads as part of legal settlement

Posted October 18, 2013 12:57 p.m. EDT

— 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.