December 30, 2012
IN RICO SUIT AGAINST ANIMAL-RIGHTS TERRORISM, ASPCA Pays $9.3 Million in Landmark Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus Settlement.
This settlement applies only to the ASPCA. Feld Entertainment’s legal proceedings, including its claims for litigation abuse and racketeering, will continue against the remaining defendants, Humane Society of the United States, the Fund for Animals, Animal Welfare Institute, Animal Protection Institute United with Born Free USA, Tom Rider and the attorneys involved.
“These defendants attempted to destroy our family-owned business with a hired plaintiff who made statements that the court did not believe. Animal activists have been attacking our family, our company, and our employees for decades because they oppose animals in circuses. This settlement is a vindication not just for the company but also for the dedicated men and women who spend their lives working and caring for all the animals with Ringling Bros. in the face of such targeted, malicious rhetoric,” said Kenneth Feld , Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Feld Entertainment.
The “animal rights” movement has been a haven for terrorism, lawfare, and all sorts of misconduct for years. It deserves far more scrutiny than it gets. As, for that matter, does the entire nonprofit sector.
And do the ASPCA, et al., get their nonprofit status reviewed in light of this misconduct?