HSUS Takes Hypocritical Stance on Ballot Initiatives

HSUS TAKES HYPOCRITICAL STANCE ON BALLOT INITIATIVES

We’ve been closely following the Egg Products Inspection Act Amendments of 2013, also known as the “Rotten Egg Bill,” and much has been said on this blog and across the internet about the problems associated with this troubling piece of federal legislation. We’ve discussed the impact these amendments would have on the egg industry and the unavoidable increase in cost for eggs and egg-containing products for American families that would follow passage of this bill. But we’d like to call attention to one major consequence that is less talked about, while identifying the hypocrisy involved in HSUS’s support of this legislation. In 2010, HSUS launched a campaign dubbed “Your Vote Counts” to amend the Missouri Constitution and make it more difficult for the state legislature to change laws passed through the ballot initiative process. In an interview printed in a St. Louis, Missouri newspaper, HSUS CEO Wayne Pacelle set forth the principles behind HSUS’s initiation and support of “Your Vote Counts,” saying, “We really believe in the right of citizens to make law directly. And we believe that elected officials should respect the judgment of voters.” Today, HSUS has thrown their support behind a new ballot initiative in Michigan that would ban the hunting of wolves in that state. The initiative brings with it widespread implications for Michigan sportsmen and threatens to tip the scales of a delicate ecological balance that should be maintained by conservationists with science and years of experience and education on their side. The Michigan state legislature is nearing final passage of a bill that would keep decisions impacting Michigan hunting, fishing and conservation in the hands of actual conservationists. HSUS is outraged, and Pacelle has already taken to the blogosphere to declare, “[T]he foundation stone of our democracy is the respect for the right to vote…” He went on to accuse Michigan lawmakers of seeking to, “[D]ismantle citizen lawmaking…,” calling their actions “intolerable.” So what does this have to do with the so-called “Rotten Egg Bill” that is expected to come before Congress as early as next week? In its current form, the bill would prohibit state and/or local governments from passing their own laws regulating the production of eggs in their state. This HSUS-backed federal law takes a big step toward stripping down the ballot initiative process that HSUS champions as “the foundation stone of our democracy” and “the right of citizens to make law directly.” HSUS seems to only be concerned with preserving the ballot initiative process as long as it serves as an instrument for furthering their radical agenda.

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