HSUS's Fight Against Common Sense; Not A Winning One

HSUS'S FIGHT AGAINST COMMON SENSE; NOT A WINNING ONE

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If an organization brings a fight against common sense to rural America, the person in charge better be prepared to lose. If you try a second time, a third, or even a fourth, do you expect the results to change?

How many bumps in the road can someone take before their beat up vehicle can’t handle it anymore?

What Wayne Pacelle, CEO of the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), says publicly and what HSUS actually does are two separate things entirely. HSUS continues to mislead their donors, leading them to believe that they’ve never been stronger, when in actuality their losses have stockpiled over the course of the past four years.

How long can an organization survive while suffering major losses? With every defeat at the local, state, and national level, more of their supporters will continue to question whether they joined the right cause.

Going back four years ago to Missouri where HSUS spent over $4 million attempting to regulate farmers, ranchers, and legitamate dog breeders out of business, HSUS would begin the long road of subsequent defeat in years to come.

Missouri's Proposition B (2010) included complicated language that was confusing to many people. Although the measure passed by 51%, Missouri lawmakers would soon be able to amend the law leaving HSUS’s attempts null and void.

What follows is a timeline that represents a summary of those issues which they failed to influence in their favor:

  • 2011: HSUS began a petition drive for a ballot initiative known as “Your Vote Counts”, which would’ve drastically changed the Missouri constitution to prevent language on ballot initiatives from being changed by the legislature. This bill would’ve opened the door for further HSUS attacks on Missouri agriculture in the future. The petition drive ended after a year, however, because HSUS was not getting support from Missouri voters (less than 1% of funding came from Missouri) Learn more about the loss from Missouri Farmers Care

  • 2012: HSUS spent over $1 million funding failed efforts to pass Measure 5, nearly identical initiative to Missouri’s Prop. B (2010). North Dakota voters overwhelmingly rejected the measure 65 no to 35 yes. Additionally, North Dakota passed a Right to Farm law that was the first of its kind in the nation and would set an example for other states seeking to protect their agriculture industry from out-of-state animal rights groups in the future.

  • 2013: HSUS and United Egg Producers (UEP) failed to garnish enough support to pass the “one size fits all” Federal Egg Bill.

  • January 2014: UEP announced the separation of their “memorandum of understanding” with HSUS ()

  • February 2014: California’s Proposition 2, which seeks to regulate hen housing requirements on every egg produced or sold within California’s borders. Which has led to the Attorney Generals from six states to file a lawsuit challenging the unconstitutionality of California’s law in violation of the U.S. Commerce Clause. ()

  • March 2014: Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt issued a consumer alert and is investigating HSUS over false claims made stating HSUS would directly support local animal shelters with funds they raised after the tragic tornado strikes in Moore, OK in May of 2013.

  • April 2014: Support for the HSUS-funded Michigan Wolf Hunting Ban Initiative is shrinking. Recent polls suggest that a wide majority of Michiganders want to preserve the wolf hunt.

  • May 2014: HSUS backed out of proposing legislation in Colorado this past legislative session that would ban dairy cow tail docking after realizing that they were facing imminent defeat.

  • May 2014: HSUS and other animal rights groups settled a $15.75 million lawsuit with Feld Entertainment’s Ringling Bros. and Barnum and Bailey Circus ending over a decade of litigation and RICO Case.

  • HumaneWatch, after going through HSUS’s 2013 tax returns, reports that HSUS’s overall revenue dropped by $10 million. We’d like to thank HumaneWatch for their efforts in exposing many of the hypocrisies of HSUS over the years.

Continuing to waste money on failed efforts and fighting common sense in rural America is not a good idea. When the American people are given the truth about the real agenda behind HSUS, we'll never lose.

Will HSUS learn from spending millions in wasted efforts, or will they continue their losing streak while attempting to dictate the lives of rural Americans?

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