HSUS GETS "DIRTY" BY GOING AFTER CONGRESSMAN'S KENNEL-OWNING MOTHER
[caption id="attachment_3830" align="aligncenter" width="474"] HSUS faces legal troubles in Missouri[/caption]
Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) may soon be forced to add defamation to its ever-expanding list of offenses in pursuit of its animal rights agenda.
A lawsuit filed in Dent County, Missouri against the multi-million dollar organization will be allowed to go forward after the Southern District Missouri Court of Appeals reversed a circuit court’s dismissal of claims made by a Missouri pet breeder. Mary Ann Smith, owner of Smith’s Kennel in Salem, filed the claims after being included in HSUS’s “Missouri Dirty Dozen” – a list of supposed “worst kennels in the state” in October of 2010.
What makes this case particularly interesting is the timing of the list’s release, as well as with whom Mary Ann Smith is related.
October 2010 was merely a month before Missouri Proposition B would head to the ballot for a public vote. Prop. B was HSUS-backed legislation that would put unfair restrictions on puppy breeders in the state, among those the capping of number of breeding dogs. These restrictions were written in ambiguous language in order to extend to other agribusiness in the state, which HSUS had targeted previously and continues to target today. The vote eventually passed because many Missouri voters did not know exactly for what they were voting.
Many individuals and groups fought back against this unfair legislation, including former Missouri House majority whip Jason Smith (now a U.S. Congressman). He was an outspoken opponent in the months leading up to the vote. In case you were wondering why the Smith name sounds familiar, his mother is Mary Ann Smith.
We cannot outright state that the intention of the timing and specific target of HSUS’s “Dirty Dozen” list was in response to Jason Smith’s involvement in the fight against its legislation. However, it is extremely coincidental that this came out when it did. It appears to many that this was a calculated act by a group that sought to gain vengeance against a harsh critic of its strategy.
Thankfully, Missouri responded to HSUS’s harmful influence in the state by voting for Amendment 1, which constitutionally protected the right to farm and ranch from out-of-state special interest groups.
This lawsuit by Mary Ann Smith, even if successful, won’t hurt HSUS’s bottom line much in the grand scheme of things. What it will accomplish is that this story will hopefully lead more individuals to see the animal rights organization for the scandals that have come to define its existence this century.
The only true “Dirty Dozens” we see are the dozens of dirty tactics HSUS has utilized in the non-stop pursuit of an end to animal agriculture.