HSUS recently picked the next battleground for animal rights. After creating a Humane State Report Card last winter, North Dakota was ranked 47th out of 50 states. Based upon HSUS’ standard idea of animal protection laws, the report card attracted animal activists in North Dakota.
North Dakota animal activists had NO money. So, they sought the help of HSUS in creating funds needed to promote an animal cruelty ballot initiative in North Dakota.
This initiative is intended to make animal cruelty charges a felony for dogs, cats, and horses. Also, making it mandatory for a person to undergo psychological treatment and prohibits the ownership of any dog, cat, or horse for five years after such sentencing.
Wait a minute… five years? Should Michael Vick have to abide by the same HSUS’ rule? Michael Vick was sentenced on Dec. 10th, 2007 for 23 months, convicted of staging dog fights. But, after writing a check of $50,000 into the pockets of HSUS, Wayne Pacelle came out to say Michael Vick:
“Would do a good job as a pet owner.” – Wayne Pacelle, Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Dec. 15th 2010.
Is that a double standard from HSUS? Trying institute laws in North Dakota they do not even abide by themselves? Michael Vick did not have to wait 5 years before going on tour with Wayne Pacelle himself. So, why should someone in North Dakota be subjected to different standards of pet ownership?
North Dakota Farm Bureau (NDFB) and North Dakota Stockmen’s Alliance (NDSA), along with many others agriculture groups, have made public statements in opposition to the ballot initiative saying that it is:
“not the right answer for North Dakota or our animals. It is poorly worded by design to give animal rights grops like HSUS a foothold in North Dakota to make more sweeping changes later, like they have done in places like Missouri, California and other states.” – Jason Schmidt, NDSA President
Still, HSUS is using its pocketbook extending their animal rights agenda in North Dakota. On the same ballot, North Dakota voters will have an opportunity to make a stand for farmers rights. The constitutional “Right to Farm” amendment is the first one of its kind to be placed before any voters in a state. The bill is sponsored by North Dakota Farm Bureau and reads:
“The right of farmers and ranchers to engage in modern farming and ranching practices shall be forever guaranteed in this state. No law shall be enacted which abridges the right of farmers and ranchers to employ agricultural technology, modern livestock production and ranching practices.”
This is the first defensive measure against animal rights groups. It would give farmers something to stand behind when facing the HSUS attack to their way of livelihood.
HSUS has its hands full in North Dakota. Hopefully, their efforts will be defeated and at the same time a safeguard for farmers will be created. Defeating HSUS and ensuring farmers rights are choices North Dakotans have come November.