On May 28, 2019, I filed a lawsuit seeking injunctive relief on behalf of Save Our Birds against State Veterinarian, Dr. Annette Jones, and the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA).
The complaint relates to the state’s quarantine and destruction of backyard poultry in Southern California. To try and stop a described outbreak of virulent Newcastle Disease, the State is destroying all domestic and captive birds in certain parts of Riverside, San Bernardino, and Los Angeles Counties, regardless of whether they show signs of disease.
In the lawsuit, Save Our Birds is seeking to obtain an injunction to prevent inhumane euthanizations and to improve transparency in the process.
A copy of the Complaint that was filed in the Los Angeles County Superior Court is available here.
Save Our Birds needs help with the costs of litigation. One example is the need to take sworn deposition testimony from the State Veterinarian, Dr. Annette Jones, and/or other CDFA officials about the justification for the quarantine and destruction orders. Besides attorneys’ fees, there will be hard costs associated with the depositions as well as court costs and expert witness expenses. If you can help, please donate through the Save Our Birds GoFundMe page.