Press release from R-CALF United Stockgrowers of America
For Immediate Release Contact: R-CALF USA CEO Bill Bullard
March 23, 2012 Phone: 406-252-2516; firstname.lastname@example.org
R-CALF USA Applauds U.S. Appeal of WTO’s Adverse COOL Ruling
Billings, Mont. – Today is the deadline the World Trade Organization (WTO) imposed on the United States to appeal the adverse ruling issued by the WTO on Nov. 18, 2011 that effectively strikes down the United States’ critically important country-of-origin labeling (COOL) law – the domestic law that requires grocers to inform consumers regarding where there their meats, fruits, vegetables, and certain other foods were grown or produced. According to the WTO’s website, the United States today notified the WTO of its decision to appeal the international tribunals’ adverse COOL Ruling.
“We’re extremely thankful that our U.S. Trade Representative has chosen to defend our constitutionally-passed COOL law,” said R-CALF USA Region VI Director and COOL Committee Chair Mike Schultz adding, “But, we’re in a no-win situation regarding this frontal attack on our COOL law because our nation should not tolerate for an instant a foreign entity’s efforts to undermine our constitutionally-passed domestic laws in the first place.” Schultz explained that it is a sad state of affairs when our U.S. government kowtows to a One-World Government tribunal by playing within that foreign tribunal’s pseudo judicial process.
“Several powerful corporate industry groups are actually supporting the WTO’s efforts to undermine our U.S. COOL law, including the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) and the American Meat Institute (AMI),” said R-CALF USA CEO Bill Bullard adding, “These groups don’t want U.S. consumers to know if they are buying beef produced exclusively in the United States or if their beef was produced in Nicaragua, Honduras, Mexico, or any one of the more than a dozen countries where U.S. corporations source their beef.”
Bullard said those corporate industry groups that support the WTO’s anti-COOL ruling do not want U.S. consumers to support U.S. farmers and ranchers by choosing to buy U.S. beef for their families.
Bullard added that other groups have tried to sugar-coat the WTO’s anti-COOL ruling by claiming the ruling reinforced the United States’ right to implement a COOL program and only attacked the manner by which the United States’ COOL law was implemented.
“This is nothing more than semantics and the WTO is far too coy to have attacked our domestic law in any other way than it did. The fact is that the WTO accomplished its objective by ruling on the one hand that COOL was too rigid and treated foreign product less favorably than domestic product, but on the other hand, it ruled that COOL was too flexible and therefore nullified the COOL law’s objective.”
“The WTO’s anti-COOL ruling is nonsensical and baseless and we are confident the United States will prevail in this unenviable appeal,” concluded Schultz.
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R-CALF USA (Ranchers-Cattlemen Action Legal Fund, United Stockgrowers of America) is a national, nonprofit organization dedicated to ensuring the continued profitability and viability of the U.S. cattle industry. For more information, visit www.r-calfusa.com or, call 406-252-2516.