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.

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    • No surprise that the HSUS holds hands with Michael Vick while they seek to restrict and control the rights of people to own pets, the rights of farmers and cattlemen to work with their animals. That is because the goal of the HSUS is to END animal agriculture and to END pet ownership! It is important that all citizens of Nebraska support the Right to Farm amendment. This makes sense. Otherwise, the HSUS will be picking at the farmers and cattlemen every year, attempting to control and restrict their husbandry practices.

      Laurella Desborough
      August 29, 2012, @ 5:16 pm Reply
      • One really has to do some rearsech into some of these bigger animal welfare organizations. They seem to have the resources to waste money on frivolous lawsuits and marketing their cause, but you have to dig a little deeper into what they actually do or don’t do for the animals. Yes, going local is a great way to approach this. And it’s much easier to go down to your local shelter and rescue and see first-hand what is being done.

        Sisou
        November 3, 2012, @ 5:55 am Reply
    • “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.”

      Jim Demoruelle
      August 29, 2012, @ 7:41 pm Reply
    • 12 Things You Didn’t Know About The HSUS

      1. The Humane Society of the United States scams Americans out of millions of dollars through manipulative and deceptive advertising. An analysis of HSUS’s TV fundraising appeals that ran between January 2009 and September 2011 determined that more than 85 percent of the animals shown were cats and dogs. However, HSUS doesn’t run a single pet shelter and only gives 1 percent of the money it raises to pet shelters, and it has spent millions on anti-farming and anti-hunting political campaigns.

      2. HSUS receives poor charity-evaluation marks. CharityWatch (formerly the American Institute of Philanthropy) reissued HSUS’s “D” rating in December 2011, finding that HSUS spends as little as 49 percent of its budget on its programs. Additionally, the 2011 Animal People News Watchdog Report discovered that HSUS spends about 43 percent of its budget on overhead costs.

      3. Six Members of Congress have called for a federal investigation of HSUS. In April 2011, six Congressmen wrote the IRS Inspector General showing concerns over HSUS’s attempts to influence public policy, which they believe has “brought into question [HSUS’s] tax-exempt 501(c)(3) status.”  [Ed: Link to Legislators that Get It: http://www.keepouranimals.com/legislators-that-get-it.html

      4. HSUS regularly contributes more to its own pension plan than it does to pet shelters. An analysis of HSUS’s tax returns determined that HSUS funneled $16.3 million to its executive pension plan between 1998 and 2009—over $1 million more than HSUS gave to pet shelters during that period.

      5. The pet sheltering community believes HSUS misleads Americans. According to a nationally representative poll of 400 animal shelters, rescues, and animal control agencies, 71 percent agree that “HSUS misleads people into thinking it is associated with local animal shelters.” Additionally, 79 percent agree that HSUS is “a good source of confusion for a lot of our donors.”

      6. While it raises money with pictures of cats and dogs, HSUS has an anti-meat vegan agenda. Speaking to an animal rights conference in 2006, HSUS’s then vice president for farm animal issues stated that HSUS’s goal is to “get rid of the entire [animal agriculture] industry” and that “we don’t want any of these animals to be raised and killed.”

      7. Given the massive size of its budget, HSUS does relatively little hands-on care for animals. While HSUS claims it provides direct care to more animals than any other animal protection group in the US [Ed, not in their own facilities – there are none), most of the “care” HSUS provides is in the form of spay-neuter assistance.  In fact, local groups that operate on considerably slimmer budgets, such as the Houston SPCA, provide direct care to just as many or more animals than HSUS does.

      8. HSUS’s CEO has said that convicted dogfighting kingpin Michael Vick “would do a good job as a pet owner.” Following Vick’s release from prison, HSUS has helped “rehabilitate” Michael Vick’s public image. Of course, a $50,000 “grant” from the Philadelphia Eagles didn’t hurt.

      9. HSUS’s senior management includes a former spokesman for the Animal Liberation Front (ALF), a criminal group designated as “terrorists” by the FBI. HSUS president Wayne Pacelle hired John “J.P.” Goodwin in 1997, the same year Goodwin described himself as “spokesperson for the ALF” while he fielded media calls in the wake of an ALF arson attack at a California meat processing plant. In 1997, when asked by reporters for a reaction to an ALF arson fire at a farmer’s feed co-op in Utah (which nearly killed a family sleeping on the premises), Goodwin replied, “We’re ecstatic.”

      10.  Americans are now requesting the FTC to investigate the misleading advertising of the HSUS.  Heart-wrenching and misleading ad campaigns imply to the public that this is a true “humane society” that houses strays and unwanted or abused pets, and needs “your” $19/mo to do so.  FACTS: Contrary to public, celebrity and legislator opinion, the HSUS is NOT a humane society.  They do not own or operate ONE pet shelter in the entire country; despite their misleading name, they are not a government arm that systematically trickles donations down to the local shelters that to all the actual work.  If they shelter NO PETS, how can they be considered the “experts” on pet care practices?  Their vegan agenda, now unspoken because it wasn’t bringing in donations, is for the eventual extinction of both domestic animals, and all animal use, via legislation.

      11.  At the request of over 6,000 grassroots voting letter-writers, representing all 50 States, the IRS is currently investigating the HSUS as to its under-reporting and over-lobbying activity as a 501©(3) organization.  Millions in back-taxes and penalties could be assessed if the IRS would conclude this 3-year old investigation.

      12. Congressmen are now urging the Justice Department to investigate HSUS non-compliance with the Lobbying Disclosure Act of 1995, as anyone that attempts to influence legislation via continued contact with Congress and/or staffers is required to register as a lobbyist.  HSUS has never done this.

      Dr. Howard Hail
      August 30, 2012, @ 4:49 pm Reply
      • Excellent points, all. That’s inrseetting about the proposed new legislation. I hadn’t heard of that. There are certain groups here that may find themselves in trouble in terms of status as well. Canada certainly isn’t free from these types of organizations, just ours tend to be on a much smaller scale.I have worked in the non-profit world for the last five years. Always, always, always do your research before writing a cheque. I cannot say that enough.

        Caio
        November 3, 2012, @ 6:14 am Reply
    • Ever notice how the animal rights groups take video claiming abuse of animals by companies. Mercy For Animals had an activist work at BUTTERBALL for 3 week last year in November then ten months later with his edited video this group finally tells someone during their fundraising campaign. They let this abuse go on for ten months or did it just appear for the 3 weeks their undercover agent was working. There should be a law that anyone who observes such abuse and does not report it to the owners immediately is just as guilty as the people they charge.

      Dr. Howard Hail
      August 30, 2012, @ 4:52 pm Reply
      • While I think that the HSUS has a place in the fight for animal wlfaere rights, I don’t believe that they qualify for charitable status. It is important to make sure that food animals like cows, pigs and chickens are treated fairly and humanely, but everyone has their own version of fair .A while back, Mary from Dancing Dog Blog schooled me in the ways of websites like Humane Watch, The Center For Consumer Freedom and Activist Cash. Just like the HSUS, they are lobbying interests with their own agendas, so I tend to take them with a grain of salt.The HSUS tends to target industries like hunting and slaughter because most people are so far removed from dispatching their own food and tend to be esaily upset about killing an animal. I hunt and I fish. I dress and eat everything that I kill, how many people can say that? I suppose that I have a different view of hunting and fishing since it has been a part of my life since I have been a baby.I’ll bet what you didn’t know is that hunting conservation groups like Ducks Unlimited do far more for habitat and wildlife conservation that the HSUS AND Sierra Club combined. I’m doing a bit of research right now to write a blog post. I’m sure that the results will surprise a lot of readers.The HSUS is targeting dove and pidgeon hunts and labelling them as inhumane. What they fail to mention is that the majority of the hunters actually eat what they kill. Most of the dove and pidgeon hunts are done over farmers fields to cut down on the destruction that these birds can do to crops.

        Norberto
        November 1, 2012, @ 11:27 am Reply
    • Unfortunately the HSUS has targeted anything from the biomedical community to farmers, to pet owners, to circus, well, let’s just say anyone who owns or uses and animal for anything. Our Congressmen have yet to understand this is not a fluffy save the little puppy movement. We need to stop and think exactly how much in the last 10 years has HSUS and other vegan animal rights organizations removed from the pocket books of USA citizens. The cattle, swine, poultry, egg and the pet industry has suffered, from the misuse of videos to stalking people who own animals or eat animals. Maybe it is time for the AETA to be addressed again, in targeting owned horses, cattle, dogs, rabbits and so forth and removing them from primises. It will not be long before they start removing cows from farms if allowed to continue. This movement started out as an anti vivisection movement at a time when people were studying medicine to advance science and the elites of the time thought it unecessary. People quit eating meat spring up the vegan societies thus perpetuated a social movement.
      Henry Salt, a socialist in the Fabian Society, a socialist think tank in the UK was the first to write about animal rights.
      The hunt sabetours and ALF and the modern animal rights sprung from this. In 1975 when the father of the modern animal rights wrote “Animal Liberation” in a little known group referred to as the Oxford Group in the UK while Peter Singer was attending college here and others, which gave birth in the USA to the vegan animal rights movement. Peter Singer thinks it is OK to kill a child under two, who can not be of benefit to society. So try to understand this, animals should have rights but human infants should have none. One who controls the food, controls the people. Farmers, keep up the fight to keep our family farms and produce a product of which you are proud and it does not matter that we may be in the barn at 3 in the morning in 25 degree weather, it is simply no more animals of any kind in human hands ever. This is what HSUS and PETA, ASPCA and other vegan animal rights groups are working toward. Let your government representatives know that owning animals has too many terrible regulations. We all believe in good care and humane care but this social movement has gone beyond good care.

      AnnS
      August 30, 2012, @ 9:56 pm Reply
      • Anne at HSUS: You are personally inivetd to a FREE lunch with me just bring HSUS’ direct mail accounting records (and be aware that I am a blackbelt in the dark art of direct mail). This is a standing offer to HSUS and since I roll by your office on the way to my own at 19th and M every day, I think we can have a NICE lunch at a GOOD place on my tab. It’s not like HSUS does not know who I am I was quoted about dogs in the cover magazine story on pedogree dog health last year the one your organization is having a two-day symposium talking about this week. I have asked Jemima Harrison(the main speaker) to extend an invitation to Wayne Pacelle to see if he wants to carry some tools when we go hunting on Sunday. But hey, that’s with them, and I am inviting YOU personally . all you have to do is bring the accounting records (postal receipts, caging costs, printing costs, (including laser house, carrier and BR envelopes), list acquistiion costs, creative costs, salary and benefits and rent costs for all the in-house people working on membership fullfillment including the magazine, direct mail, special appeals, etc. And hey, because I am such a charitable guy (a charities joke there), I wll not even ask for what HSUS spent on the Share Group and what you got back in return (some number there, eh?!).

        Ravaka
        November 1, 2012, @ 9:27 pm Reply
      • As other readers potesd I cannot say that I think the HSUS is completely bad or not. But as a volunteer for a small rescue that has no shelter I know how needy we are and how needy other small rescues are and I do wish more and more people realized or checked out where the money goes before donating. Want to donate money to help the propaganda on horse slaughter? Ok send your check to the HSUS. But if you want to donate to help save dogs or cats that are in local animal controls or strays then do some research and find a small rescue. I know that our rescue pulls animals even from big shelters such as the HS of Missouri, but most people wont know that if they don’t ask and think that because its a big shelter they do all the work that is needed but its not true, tons of dogs or cats because of one thing or the other go from the humane society shelter to breed specific/ age specific rescues because they don’t have many chances there.

        Emma
        November 3, 2012, @ 5:01 am Reply
    • I use to think animal rights had some deep dark secret, now I know they do. PETA got its start as a cult church on Charlie Manson’s ranch. HSUS current CEO was friends with them. All of them started the FUND For Animals, when Pacelle saw a opening at HSUS he jumped in. Now all of you quess whos related to Pacelle.

      skippy
      September 5, 2012, @ 7:33 pm Reply
      • Great post! I hadn’t heard about these changes. I woendr how that will affect a lot of animal organizations. For example if a rescue’s primary goal is to rescue and rehabilitate , but their secondary purpose is to campaign for stricter animal abuse laws or to have government enforced care standards for animal driven industries (like sled dogs, breeder etc). It will be interesting to see how these laws play out. While I am certain they will help control the big fish that abuse the charitable status, I worry that on the flip side, the good folks fighting for the animals might also find themselves unable to advocate for better laws or risk losing their charitable status. Thanks for the post definitely great info.!

        Angie
        November 3, 2012, @ 5:32 am Reply

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