NCBA Opposes Judge Appointment

Letter sent requesting nomination block of judge.

Published on: Dec 22, 2010

The National Cattlemen's Beef Association has sent a letter to U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell opposing the nomination of Judge Benita Pearson to the United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio. NCBA Vice President of Government Affairs Colin Woodall said Pearson's connections to the Animal Legal Defense Fund, an organization that advocates giving animals the same legal rights as humans, would make it difficult for her to be an impartial judge in cases regarding actions by animal rights activists.

Woodall insists there is no room for personal ideology in the court room. Given Judge Pearson's history of animal rights work, at the very least, we urge the Senate leadership to block her nomination in order for all Senators to do more research into her background on animal rights and how this may affect her duties as an impartial judge.

Despite claims made by organizations like ALDF that would suggest otherwise, Woodall said multiple generations of cattlemen and women have made a commitment to properly care for livestock. Taking care of cattle is our producers' first and last thought each day.