German court orders PETA to provide origins of their videos
Original document in german at:
http://www.q-s.info/fileadmin/QS_Fileadmin/tt_news/09_07_24_PM_LG_Unterlassungs-_und_Feststellungsklage_Haferbeck.pdf (broken link)
TRANSLATION: Peta Germany’s scientific advisor, Dr. Edmund Haferbeck,
convicted and PeTA to issue proof of origin of photos
On 24.7. 2009, QS (a German quality standard company) successfully
sued the scientific advisor of People for the Ethical Treatment of
Animals (PeTA) Germany for issuing incorrect factual statements at the
regional court of Hamburg.
Legal action was taken against Dr. Edmund Haferbeck of PeTA Germany
and a Board member, after shocking photos and film footage of animal
rearing enterprises and statements that the enterprises shown therein
participated in the QS system. This material had the effect of
discrediting the quality security system and its legitimate partners.
“We are pleased about this very clear outcome of the lawsuit against
Dr. Haferbeck”,commentates Dr. Walter Scheuerl, the QS’ attorney on
In a parallel procedure against PeTA Germany and a PeTA Board member,
the chamber ruled that PeTA must provide proof regarding the origin of
the photos and the film footage which PeTA has been using.
The standards defined by QS specify strict, verifiable production
criteria for all stages of the value added chain - from the animal
feed economy to the food retail trade- (meat, fruit, vegetables, etc).
PeTA's Dr. Haferbeck had stated that “QS operates deliberate
deceptions” and “QS lies systematically”.