Court dismisses "Pork, The Other White Meat" lawsuit

Published on: Sep 26, 2013

After spending significant amounts of donor dollars, the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) was dealt a significant loss Sept. 25 in U.S. District Court, according to the National Pork Producers Council (NPPC).

In what was considered to be a futile legal challenge and a very personal attack on U.S. pork producers, a U.S. district judge dismissed a lawsuit filed by HSUS over the National Pork Board's purchase of the "Pork, The Other White Meat" trademark from NPPC.

HSUS, which was joined in the suit by one Iowa pork producer and the Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement, sued the U.S. Department of Agriculture and Secretary Tom Vilsack over approval of the trademark purchase and the Pork Board's annual payments to NPPC. HSUS argued that the sale and payments were unlawful since the Pork Board is prohibited from using checkoff dollars to influence legislation. The court dismissed the HSUS case, ruling that the plaintiffs lacked standing and that no one had suffered any injury from the agriculture secretary's actions, NPPC said.

For more information regarding the case of HUMANE SOCIETY OF THE UNITED STATES et al v. VILSACK, click here.