The National Pork Producers Council (NPPC) has responded to the latest salvo from the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) regarding allegations of unlawful checkoff lobbying.

HSUS has filed a complaint with the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Office of the Inspector General asking for an investigation into the National Pork Board’s potential use of checkoff dollars to support the NPPC’s lobbying efforts. The complaint follows a separate lawsuit over checkoff payments to the “Pork. The Other White Meat” slogan.

NPPC’s statement follows:

  • “The latest attack by the Humane Society of the United States against America’s pig farmers, like the animal-rights activist’s previous ones, won’t work and won’t scare pig farmers into abandoning practices that protect the well-being of their animals.”
  • “HSUS’s charges are baseless, without merit and frivolous. Its claim that Pork Checkoff funds have been misused is patently and demonstrably false.”
  • “This attack shows HSUS’s desperation following its failure to get the so-called egg bill approved by Congress and its stunning defeats during the November elections. It poured hundreds of thousands of its ‘members’ contribution dollars into political races against lawmakers who support America’s family farmers and at least one state ballot initiative. It lost the latter and many of the political races in which it was involved.”