Legal actions doomed to fail
The doomed-to-fail actions against makers of plant based foods and animal advocacy organizations continue. Many people see the ridiculousness of the California Department of Food and Agriculture’s bullying attack on Miyoko’s Creamery. The department has ordered the small Sonoma County company, which makes non-dairy, vegan cheese and butter, to stop labeling its products as such.
In a December letter, the department told Miyoko’s it needed to stop using dairy words on its packaging and marketing materials. That included no longer calling its vegan spread ‘butter,’ removing its ‘lactose free’ claim and taking down a photo on the company’s website of a woman hugging a cow
Miyoko Schinner, the company’s CEO, called the department’s demands “absurd,” according to the San Francisco Chronicle. She responded to the state’s demands by filing a lawsuit. Other plant-based companies in California have received similar warnings. We think they’re just scare tactics and they’re doomed-to-fail.
In other news, the oldest ag-gag law in the U.S. has been ruled unconstitutional. This is a win for the animals. The term “ag-gag” refers to laws that target whistleblowers of animal abuse within the farming industry. The laws aim to prevent undercover filming or photography of farm activity with the intent to do harm to the business.
Thirty-years-ago, Kansas introduced the first ag-gag law in the U.S. Now, according to Mercy For Animals, this law has been nearly completely “struck down” by the U.S. District Court for the District of Kansas. The court said it violated the First Amendment.
The Animal Legal Defense Fund, along with a coalition of advocacy groups, filed a lawsuit challenging the law. Stephen Wells—the executive director of the legal organization—said in a statement, “for 30 years, Kansas lawmakers have suppressed whistleblowers from investigating cruel conditions on factory farms with this unconstitutional law.” He added that the decision is “a victory for the millions of animals” on factory farms.