Mary Cummins Sues Amanda Lollar and Bat World Sanctuary for defamation per se and libel
|Mary Cummins of Animal Advocates
Animal activist and rescuer Mary Cummins
of Animal Advocates
filed suit against Amanda Lollar, Bat World Sanctuary and John Does 1-10 for defamation per se and interference with business relations, Case # CV11-08081 in California Federal Court on September 29, 2011.
The complaint states that Amanda Lollar falsely posted on the Internet that Cummins “has a criminal record,” “was convicted” of “theft of property, forged name on credit card,” and “hacked into” Lollar’s “email address” among other things. The complaint also states that Defendants emailed some of these same false allegations of criminal activity to government agencies such as the United States Department of Agriculture
and the California Department of Fish & Game
which control Cummins’ permits.
said “While I am a major proponent of freedom of speech, I am appalled that someone would try to destroy my reputation by falsely posting on the Internet that I am a ‘convicted criminal.’ I have never been charged with or convicted of any crime in my entire life.”
The complaint states that defendants also posted on the Internet that Cummins commits “animal cruelty” and “tortures” animals. Mary Cummins
said “I am very passionate about providing the absolute best care for animals. I went through the police and humane academy to become a Humane Officer so I could protect animals from abusers. For these people to make such false claims on the Internet is outrageous.”
The comments were posted in Yahoo
, Google Blogs
, Indymedia and other websites. More information about the lawsuit along with legal documents and exhibits can be found here.
Mary Cummins is President of Animal Advocates a non-profit animal rescue organization in Los Angeles, California. Animal Advocates rescues ill, injured and orphaned native wildlife (coyotes, bobcats, foxes, raccoons, opossums, skunks, squirrels…bats) for release back to the wild.
Mary Cummins of Animal Advocates is a wildlife rehabilitator licensed by the California Department of Fish and Game and the USDA. Mary Cummins is also a licensed real estate appraiser in Los Angeles, California.