HSUS'S TYPICAL BEHAVIOR - INTIMIDATION, DECEIT, AND LIES
“HSUS is positioning its judgment as being superior to that of Ohio citizens.” - Spokesperson of Ohio Farm Bureau, April 27, 2013
In 2009, Ohio citizens passed Issue 2, which created the Ohio Livestock Care Standards Board (OLCSB). The board consists of 13 non-paid, appointed members, including veterinarians, farmers, and other animal care experts, to evaluate the standards and gather input from local Ohioans concerning animal care standards specific to Ohio.
The Ohio Farm Bureau showed strong support for Issue 2, because they knew, like many other states had experienced, the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) could soon be setting its targets on Ohio farmers and ranchers.
In an Ohio Farm Bureau editorial, the spokesman said,
"Issue 2 is about livestock, but it’s also about important choices. Should Ohioans or outsiders choose what’s best for Ohio? Should reasoned thought or raw emotion guide important choices? Should we choose what’s best for animals without considering what’s best for people? And yes, it’s a choice in favor of producing and consuming meat, milk and eggs."
In light of strong opposition from the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), who threatened to run a state-wide ballot initiative process to ban gestation crates, they eventually show their supported the OLCSB, "I'm grateful to Governor Stickland and his administration for their outstanding leadership on these issues," Wayne Pacelle, HSUS Press Release June 30, 2010 "This agreement moves us forward…"
The agreement and public support by HSUS to accept the Ohio Livestock Care Standards Board, an amendment to the state's constitution, gave the appeared that HSUS was satisfied enough for them to lift the threat of a costly statewide ballot initiative.
HSUS drew back arms and appeared to move on.
Similarly, it was HSUS' 2011 ballot initiative in Oregon, along with California's 2008 Proposition 2, that forced United Egg Producers (UEP) to the one-sided HSUS bargaining table
Even though HSUS withdrew the threat of their Oregon ballot initiative, UEP has since been held close to HSUS' fire. The UEP agreement forced them into a partnership with HSUS, working to create national standards for egg producers, commonly referred to as 'The Egg Bill.'
Working with HSUS to find common ground and create compromises may temporarily stop a threat, but let's not forget their ultimate goal is to eliminate animal agriculture.
"My goal is the abolition of all animal agriculture."
J.P Goodwin, HSUS Director of Animal Cruelty Policy
And just like one could have predicted, they came back to Ohio, proving that they'll never be satisfied until their demands with agriculture are met:
Just last week, HSUS went back on their word and launched a group, The Ohio Agriculture Council of HSUS, unveiling their next attempt to direct agriculture policy decisions in Ohio. “Farm Bureau’s largest concern is that HSUS has chosen to ignore Ohio’s leadership
in protecting the well-being of farm animals," spokesperson Ohio Farm Bureau.
As agriculture groups continue to face constant threats from HSUS, we need to remember these two examples of typical HSUS intimidation, deceit, and lies.
A seat at the compromise table with HSUS only leads to further problems. Because, the nations largest animal rights group, with goals to eliminate animal agriculture, can't be trusted, as history proves itself true.