HSUS Uses Front Group to Attack Oklahoma Right to Farm Amendment

HSUS USES FRONT GROUP TO ATTACK OKLAHOMA RIGHT TO FARM AMENDMENT

HSUS vs. OK   Later today, the Oklahoma Stewardship Council will announce its opposition to Oklahoma’s State Question 777, the Right to Farm Amendment. This group is backed by the wealthy animal rights attack group Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), which has made it abundantly clear that it will do (or say) whatever it takes to fight against constitutional protections for citizens to farm and ranch. The front group for HSUS is led by the chairman, Drew Edmondson. He is the former Oklahoma attorney general whom some of its citizens may remember as the man who sued, on HSUS’s behalf, their current attorney general Scott Pruitt for looking into HSUS’s potentially misleading fundraising campaigns in the state following the devastating Moore tornado strikes of 2013. Yes, the guy who tried to prevent their attorney general from seeking justice for misled Oklahomans and helped cost taxpayers money is now trying to win their support by claiming he knows what’s best for them. Hmm… we’re having a hard time finding a word to describe his intentions that’s less vulgar than “B.S.”, but we’ll leave that to your imaginations. Additionally, this council is stocked with other anti-conventional agriculture crusaders. They include:

  • Paul Muegge, former Oklahoma state senator and member of HSUS’s Oklahoma Agriculture Advisory Council. Theseag councilsare thinly-veiled attempts by the animal rights group to appeal to the rural communities and then make sweeping changes once they’ve won over support.
  • Adam Price, another member of the HSUS Oklahoma Ag Council and operations manager at Oklahoma Food Cooperative. This co-op appears to advocate for “free range” and “organic” food mandates, which would certainly fall in line with HSUS’s agenda.
  • William Tabbernee, executive director of the Oklahoma Conference of Churches. It is not new information to report that HSUS and its animal rights allies have sought favor from religious institutions in the past. HSUS’s own Faith Outreach program is another part of the group’s strategy, as they convince religious leaders to give them moral legitimacy and advocate vegan diets to end the use of domestic animals.
  As plainly obvious as grass is green, HSUS will stop at nothing to fight Right to Farm in Oklahoma just like they opposed it in Missouri. Why such intensity from HSUS in this fight? What does a Washington D.C. special interests group have to gain from defeating a state constitutional amendment for Oklahoma citizens? To understand that, you’d have to understand the bill’s language itself, which states:   “To protect agriculture as a vital sector of Oklahoma’s economy, which provides food, energy, health benefits, and security and is the foundation and stabilizing force of Oklahoma’s economy, the rights of citizens and lawful residents of Oklahoma to engage in farming and ranching practices shall be forever guaranteed in this state. The Legislature shall pass no law which abridges the right of citizens and lawful residents of Oklahoma to employ agricultural technology and livestock production and ranching practices without a compelling state interest.”   This amendment makes it nearly impossible for out-of-state special interests to target and restrict the freedoms of Oklahoma’s family farmers. HSUS is attacking something that’s designed to prevent them from attacking agriculture, and this multi-million dollar group cannot stand the thought of any city, state, region, or otherwise limiting their massive donor-funded influence. We encourage you to read the bill’s language to know exactly what it would mean for your rights. Its opponents don’t want you to do that, because they want you to take what they say as fact and not explore their claims. What you’d find if you did that would be that there is no basis for their arguments. Otherwise, why would Wayne Pacelle be so concerned withdoubling downto convert supporters who right now are overwhelmingly in favor of guaranteeing these rights for future generations? Oklahomans' ability to raise and grow food is absolutely a right that is worth protecting. State Question 777 will ensure Oklahoma’s families have a quality, affordable food supply for today and the future. State Question 777 has resounding support from the agriculture community, including such prestigious organizations as the Oklahoma Farm Bureau, Oklahoma Cattlemen’s Association, Oklahoma Pork Council, American Farmers and Ranchers, Oklahoma Agricultural Cooperative Council, and many more. Join this growing list of supporters and help them advocate for this amendment which will make an astoundingly positive impact in the lives of consumers, food producers, and all those who benefit from strong agriculture. You can learn more by visiting OklahomaRightToFarm.com.  

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