|RANCHER WINS LAWSUIT AGAINST
CENTER FOR BIOLOGICAL DIVERSITY
Fifth generation Arizona cattleman, Jim Chilton, is
awarded $100,000 in actual damages and $500,000 in punitive
damages by a Tucson jury. It found that the Center for
Biological Diversity had defamed Chilton and his ranching
business by making "false and misleading"
statements and posting misleading photos on the environmental
group's website in an effort to deprive him of his 21,500
acres grazing allotment. Four current and former CBD
employees, including executive director Kieran Suckling,
were also found guilty in the suit. "They don't
use science, they use scare tactics," Chilton said
after the award. "They also use endangered species
as surrogates to obtain their goals and to raise money."
Chilton plans to donate all money left over after legal
bills are paid to the Ariz. Cattle Growers Assoc.