Humane Society sues Raleigh TA for rejecting bus ads featuring pigs
by WNCN Staff
RALEIGH, N.C. -
The Humane Society of the United States has filed a federal
lawsuit against the Raleigh Transit Authority for refusing to run an advertisement
that shows pigs suffering on factory farms.
complaint, filed in the Eastern District of North Carolina, alleges that the
Raleigh Transit Authority violated The HSUS' rights under the First and 14th Amendments
to the United States Constitution by rejecting, on the basis of its message,
artwork and text submitted for an advertisement.
The ads have been featured on buses in Des Moines, Iowa and Washington
The ad asks, "How would you like to spend the rest of your
life in a space as small as a bus seat?" The ads are part of a campaign to halt
common pork industry practice in which breeding pigs are stuck in two-foot wide
metal cages for their entire lives.