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Missouri Attorney General Spends $80,000 from Taxpayers on Dismissed Lawsuit Against California’s Food Safety and Animal Welfare Law

Koster Went Far Over His Promised Ceiling to Spend No More than $10,000

After Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster promised taxpayers he would use no more than $10,000 of taxpayer monies on a lawsuit challenging California’s animal welfare and food safety law, it has been reported that the cost to date of his now dismissed lawsuit effort is  more than $80,000.

Wes Shoemyer, former Missouri state senator and family farmer, said “Chris Koster squandered our taxpayer dollars on a fool’s errand for the big agribusiness lobby. Egg producers realize there is no future for battery cages that confine hens in tiny cages, and all across the country they are converting their facilities because it’s the right business move.  He shouldn’t have taken up the misguided case in the first place, but once he did, he shouldn’t have so badly reneged on his pledge to spend no more than $10,000 of taxpayer dollars.”

The misguided lawsuit was brought after California passed AB 1437, a law requiring that shell eggs sold in the Golden State meet basic animal welfare and food safety standards. Earlier this month, a federal judge in California dismissed—with prejudice—the lawsuit brought by Koster, Iowa’s governor and attorneys general and of four other states—Alabama, Kentucky, Nebraska and Oklahoma.

Federal Judge Kimberly Mueller ruled that the lawsuit was not brought on behalf of the general population of each state, but rather on behalf of a group of each state’s egg farmers.

The Kansas City Star editorialized on the issue, calling the Koster lawsuit “foolish” and an obvious attempt to “cozy up to big agriculture.”

Media Contact: Naseem Amini, namini@humanesociety.org, 240-778-5545