Center For Biological Diversity Ordred To Pay Ranchers $600,000

Center For Biological Diversity Ordred To Pay Ranchers $600,000 – Good Guys Do Win
After losing appeals, in a mob style shake down, the CBD said it would drop more court challenges if Chilton paid the envirofreaks $35,000 to go away.

U.S. Sportsmen's Alliance
U.S. Sportsmen's Alliance

Columbus, OH –-( The Tucson-based Center for Biological Diversity (CBD) is no novice when it comes to lawsuits.

The CBD has filed numerous lawsuits in the past decade against the federal government and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service over perceived endangered species.

From tiny fish to frogs to polar bears, if it’s alive, it’s possibly included in a CBD lawsuit. This tactic does sometimes backfire.

Seems when the CBD decided to sue the U.S. Forest Service about cattle grazing allotments in 2002, it accused Arizona ranchers Jim and Sue Chilton of stewardship abuse.

The Chilton’s legally grazed their cattle on a ranching allotment in Pima County, Arizona, according to a report printed last year in Western Farm Press. The CBD sued the U.S. Forest Service to end the Chilton’s cattle grazing allotment and claimed the Chilton’s mismanaged the land where some possible threatened or endanger species resided.

Apparently no one at the CBD contacted the Chilton’s, who woke up one morning and read their name and the accusations in a local newspaper.

Experts soon noted the Chilton’s followed grazing guidelines. The Chilton’s filed suit against the CBD for defamation and libel—and won. As a result, the CDB had to pay the ranchers $600,000.

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    If you're going to accuse someone of defamation, you better not make false statements yourself.

    1. The Center for Biological Diversity did not sue the Forest Service over Chilton's allotment. The 2002 action you refer to was an administrative appeal.

    2. The appeal challenged the adequacy of the Forest Service rules, not the violation of those rules.