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January 21, 2005

Contact: Kraig Marton 602-570-3510

For Immediate Release: PRfect Media 480-706-6880

Jury Awards $600,000 to Arizona Rancher - Environmental Group Found
Libel for False Statements and Accusations

(Tucson) A Tucson jury today found the Center for Biological
Diversity, a well-known environmental group, guilty of
making "false, unfair, libelous and defamatory statements" against
Jim Chilton, a fifth generation Southern Arizona Rancher.

In a judgment announced during the noon hour, the jury awarded
Chilton $100,000 in actual damages, and $500,000 in punitive damages
for defaming him and his family business in a two-page press release
and 21
photographs posted on the Center's website in July 2002 that were
false and misleading regarding Chilton's 21,500-acre Montana grazing
Allotment northwest of Nogales.

"This case is more about the truth than about money. After all
expenses have been covered, I am going to donate all the remaining
money to the Arizona Cattle Growers Association to be used for the
truth and responsibility for cattle grazing issues", said Chilton.

The suit was filed, according to Chilton, because he wanted to
challenge the way the Center for Biological Diversity does business.

"They don't use science, they use scare tactics," said
Chilton. "They also use endangered species as surrogates to obtain
their own goals and to raise money," he added.

According to last year's annual statement, the Center for Biological
Diversity has an annual budget of $2.9
million, and assets of $2.4 million.

The jury agreed with Chilton's claim, citing the Center did make
false statements in a news advisory, and that misleading photographs
were used in an unsuccessful effort to block renewal of Chilton's
grazing permit.

The jury also cited that the Center did not accurately describe the
condition of the grazing allotment.

The judge in the case asked the jury specific questions related to
the claim, in which the jury responded in favor of Chilton.

"It's not very common for a rancher to sue an environmental group.
But in this case, they attacked my client personally and misstated
the facts," said Kraig Marton, Chilton's attorney. "We are very
pleased with the jury's decision and judgment," said Marton.

The lawsuit named not only the Center for Biological Diversity, but
also three of its current and former employees: Martin Taylor,
author of the release; Shane Jimerfield, the Web site designer who
posted it;
and A.J. Schneller, who was responsible for some photos and
captions, and Kieran Suckling, the Executive Director of the Center
who, Marton says, set the tone for making the false statements.

For more information regarding this lawsuit, contact Kraig Marton at
602-570-3510 or PRfect Media at 480-706-6880.
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