A coalition of animal rights groups were dealt a set back this week in their pursuit of seeking to force the US Department of Agriculture to place animal welfare records back on the agency’s website that were removed in February.
According to The Hill, Judge William Orrick who serves in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California dismissed the suit based on the same logic he used to deny the plaintiff groups’ request for an injunction: courts can order the production of documents relevant to the Freedom of Information Act, but they cannot mandate publication.
Six months ago, the USDA removed records of compliance and enforcement resulting from litigation by animals rights organizations alleging false identification of individuals who break federal statutes banning the use of soring for show horses.
Animal rights groups decried Judge Orrick’s ruling stating it would only protect the identities of people alleged to be involved in animal abuse. While the plaintiffs have 21 days to appeal, the court decision is a welcome outcome. Animal rights groups are notorious for using USDA public records to harass and intimidate (either by terrorism or litigation) organizations along with their employees involved in dog breeding or medical research involving animals (aka vivisection).
Animal rights organizations’ claims about freedom is to liberate animals from the clutches of evil humans. This done in order to kill people of due to the animal rights movement’s hatred of human life.