This summer, Maryland state transit agencies refused to run the White Coat Waste Project ad below criticizing the USDA’s taxpayer-funded kitten laboratory on public buses and trains servicing the facility.
Now, as first reported by WJLA in Washington, D.C., WCW is suing the agencies in U.S. District Court for censoring the ads in violation of WCW’s free speech rights.
The lawsuit alleges that the Maryland Department of Transportation, Maryland Transportation Administration and the Regional Transportation Agency of Central Maryland are violating the first and fourteenth amendments by arbitrarily refusing WCW’s public education ads in the absence of any formal policy prohibiting the content, or other reasonable, legally-sound justification.
I-TEAM EXCLUSIVE: Lawsuit just filed against Maryland Dept. of Transportation & RTA by @WhiteCoatWaste who are being denied placement of this ad on buses & trains protesting killing of healthy kittens @USDA lab. My story at 5pm on @ABC7News #7OYS #KittenAct2018 pic.twitter.com/OF7dHaVlWr
— Scott Taylor ABC 7 (@ScottTaylorTV) October 3, 2018
This is just the most recent WCW effort to push back against government secrecy and overreach. Last month, WCW filed a lawsuit against the USDA for refusing to provide documents related to its kitten experiments.
Tell Congress to pass the bipartisan KITTEN Act to defund these deadly taxpayer-funded experiments and urge USDA to adopt out the cats!