The Good Food Institute and the Animal Legal Defense Fund have filed suit under the First Amendment challenging a Louisiana law that imposes fines for alternative protein products labels with terms usually associated with meat, such as “burger” or “sausage.”
GFI and ALDF Challenge Louisiana Labeling Law
ALDF Challenges Water Usage at Poultry Slaughterhouse
The Animal Legal Defense Fund has filed suit against Foster Poultry Farms, alleging that the company is using 3-4 million gallons of drinking water every day from a drought-hit region of California for use in its cruel “electric immobilization” practice. ALDF argues that this use is in violation of Section 2 of the California Constitution and prevents water from being put to its maximum beneficial use.
Miyoko’s Wins Preliminary Injunction Against Enforcement Letter
PETA Files Social Media First Amendment Suit Against TAMU President
PETA has filed suit against the President of Texas A&M University, alleging that he violated PETA’s First Amendment rights by deleting comments consistent with PETA’s campaign criticizing the university’s canine muscular dystrophy laboratory from its social media pages.
Indiana Right to Farm Statute Challenged in Supreme Court Cert Petition
Represented by the Harvard Animal Law & Policy Clinic, two families have filed a petition for writ of certiorari to the United States Supreme Court, asking the Court to review Indiana’s Right to Farm Act. The Petitioners assert that the statute violates the Takings Clause of the U.S. Constitution because it denies homeowners any remedy when a massive Concentrated Animal Feeding Operation (CAFO) is sited next to their homes and spews noxious odors and particles onto their property, making it impossible for them to use and enjoy their property.
Groups to Appeal Dismissal of NMFS Necropsy Decision
Organizations Again Challenge Diversion of Funds to Border Wall
The Center for Biological Diversity, Defenders of Wildlife, and the Animal Legal Defense Fund have filed suit against the Trump administration, challenging the diversion of funds toward constructing a border wall. The complaint alleges violation of the 2020 Consolidated Appropriations Act, the Administrative Procedure Act, the Appropriations Clause, and the separation of powers and non-delegation doctrine.
Court Dismisses Challenge to NMFS Decision on Disclosure of Necropsy on Standing
A federal court has dismissed a lawsuit brought by several animal rights advocates and individuals that challenged the National Marine Fisheries Service’s decision not to enforce a permit condition requiring SeaWorld to release the necropsy report of an orca whale named Tilikum. The court found that the plaintiffs lacked Article III standing because they “failed to allege a cognizable informational injury.”
Groups Appeal Dismissal of Arkansas’ Ag-Gag Law
Groups challenging Arkansas’ ag-gag law as unconstitutional have appealed the dismissal of their suit to the Eighth Circuit. The dismissal in February was based on the court’s finding that plaintiffs failed to adequately allege Article III standing.
Miyoko’s Sues California Department of Food and Agriculture Over First Amendment Violation
Plant-based dairy company Miyoko’s Kitchen Inc. has filed suit against the California Department of Food and Agriculture, alleging violations of the company’s First Amendment rights when the agency told the company to stop calling its products “butter” and claiming the products are “cruelty and animal free.”