Brownfield AG News. 22 December 2010.
NCBA opposes judge with animal activist ties.
By Ken Anderson.
The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association is expressing its opposition to the
nomination of a federal judge, claiming she has ties to animal activists. And a
coalition of several other farm groups is also expressing concern with the nomination.
Judge Benita Pearson has been nominated to the U.S. District Court for the
Northern District of Ohio. The nomination is currently being considered by
Congress. But NCBA says Pearson’s membership and participation in an animal
rights group called the Animal Legal Defense Fund (ALDF) would make it difficult
for her to be an impartial judge in cases regarding actions by animal rights
activists. ALDF is an organization that advocates giving animals the same legal
rights as humans.
Also expressing concerns with the nomination—but stopping short of complete
opposition—is the Farm Animal Welfare Coalition (FAWC), which includes the
American Farm Bureau Federation, National Pork Producers Council and United Egg
Producers. In a letter to senators, FAWC says, “Ms. Pearson’s membership in ALDF
demonstrates the willingness of a prospective jurist to go beyond the academic
or philosophical contemplation of the legal and political issues of animal
rights. Her membership in ALDF translates her personal philosophy into implicit
action in support of the goals of the animal rights movement.”