Friday, March 18, 2011

"Egg"static over the latest lawsuit

 Gotta be honest, this post has nothing to do with dogs, except in a roundabout manner.
But, if HSUS is finally brought to its knees through lawsuits and tax fraud charges, then that would be fantastic news for dogs everywhere.
HSUS is already being sued by Feld and Ringling Bros under the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) act. They are being charged with bribery, fraud, obstruction of justice, and money laundering. And the HSUS is also being investigated by the IRS for tax fraud.
Now, we hear that the Association of California Egg Farmers (ACEF), an industry association that represents 70 percent of California's egg farmers, filed an application to join JS West, a Modesto-based egg farming company, in a lawsuit against the State of California and the Humane Society of the United States.
The purpose of the lawsuit is to clarify for JS West (and all egg producers in the state) the exact requirements for egg-laying hen housing systems, which was not specified in Proposition 2, according to JS West.
Naturally the terms of the proposition are so vague that they create a climate where persecution can occur in a capricious manner, on the whim of the chosen enforcement agent.
JS West has "hen cams" on their website that show their very comfortable accomodations for the birds. They are being told these accommodations most likely are not adequate, although to redo everything would be cost-prohibitive for them. But how exactly to redesign the place? No one knows the answer! Glad they are suing over the vague terms. Maybe the stupid Proposition will be thrown out? What a sweet dream!
Since the new, undefined restrictions contained within Prop 2 do not take effect until 2015, this issue may not be addressed for a while.
But, that's 'egg'sactly what HSUS wants; to create confusion and panic, and cause a decrease in participation in animal agriculture. They've got all the time in the world to watch and laugh! Hopefully, we, the animal owners will have the last laugh.
Wanna see the "hen-cams"?
Click on "hens live" to see the current setup.

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