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November 14, 2023
Nicole Perreira 202-483-7382
Los Angeles – The U.S. District Court docket for the Central District of California simply dealt a blow to the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (L.A. Metro) relating to PETA’s profitable First Modification lawsuit in opposition to the transit company, which the group initially filed after L.A. Metro rejected its advertisements that includes a easy plea to indicate kindness to animals by going vegan (with no graphic imagery).
The court docket deemed elements of L.A. Metro’s coverage “unreasonable,” “unconstitutional,” and “viewpoint-discriminatory” and filed an injunction to stop L.A. Metro from imposing these unconstitutional components, which included a stipulation prohibiting advertisements for noncommercial speech—until the advert was sponsored by a authorities company. The injunction prompted L.A. Metro to revise its coverage to, amongst different issues, take away the federal government company exception, and it then filed a movement to vacate the injunction. After in depth briefing, the district court docket denied L.A. Metro’s request.
The 2 advertisements rejected by L.A. Metro which can be on the middle of PETA’s lawsuit. Credit score: PETA
“The court docket’s ruling prevents L.A. Metro from reverting to its unconstitutional promoting coverage that barred PETA from merely encouraging viewers to make animal-friendly meals selections,” says PETA Basis Affiliate Director of Litigation Zeynep Graves. “PETA is celebrating this clear message that unconstitutional restraints on free speech received’t fly.”
L.A. Metro’s enchantment of the court docket’s findings—and PETA’s cross-appeal—are at the moment pending within the 9th Circuit Court docket of Appeals. The group will proceed to advocate in opposition to speciesism—the backward mentality that animals exist just for people’ consumption—and factors out that purchasing for animal-free clothes and niknaks has by no means been simpler and that each one that eats vegan spares almost 200 animals a yr a terrifying loss of life in blood-soaked slaughterhouses.
PETA’s motto reads, partly, that “animals will not be ours to eat, put on, or abuse in every other method.” For extra info on PETA’s investigative newsgathering and reporting, please go to PETA.org or comply with the group on X (previously Twitter), Fb, or Instagram.