UNDERSTANDING THE ANIMAL RIGHTS MOVEMENT, PART 4 - LEGISLATIVE AND LEGAL BATTLES
Welcome to the fourth and final article in our series over the animal rights movement. If you have read the previous articles thank you for taking an interest in the issue and making an effort to stay informed with the corruption all around America under the AR banner. If this is your first time hearing of this series we encourage you to take a look at our previous articles which can be found HERE.
In the finale, we will focus on the worst part of the AR industry’s threat to hunting and agriculture, and why this hangs over America like a dark cloud as it becomes more difficult to maintain our traditional way of life.
Surely you’re thinking that you have heard the arguments all before, and that this information is nothing new, but there are many who don’t have access to this and continue to be duped by an industry more concerned with money than what that money could do for animal welfare. The fact that a group in society is actively attacking the rural way of life is beyond alarming, especially considering the size of their war chest bought by false advertising and manipulation. If the examples of their radical ideology, connections to domestic terrorism, and poor financial ethics discussed in the previous articles didn’t effectively show their corruption, then maybe a few examples of the negative laws they are pushing all over the country will.
The easiest and most obvious place to start is in California. In 2008, HSUS and a group of their celebrity allies pushed for the ban of modern chicken cages in the state. The idea was that chickens should have more room, or not be confined in cages. There are a number of reasons this was a terrible idea, not the least of which were the facts that in larger areas the chickens are more susceptible to disease, broken bones, and predators. Yet, because of the money they poured into the state, HSUS inevitably won and the state and country were forced to feel the negative effects of the new statute.
Farmers were forced to pay millions out of pocket to alter, replace, or destroy their cages. The price of food skyrocketed practically overnight and thousands of jobs were lost. All because of one bill, an entire sector of food production was turned on its head overnight.
Animal activists in Nevada are pushing the BLM to take away permitted public land for use by feral horses. This has devastated family owned ranches for no public benefit. On top of it all, horses continue to die of starvation and dehydration as farmers are no longer there to manage the land or water the animals.
HSUS has directly attacked pork producers by alleging in a lawsuit that the National Pork Board provided the National Pork Producers Council (NPPC) with pork checkoff funds to benefit their lobbying efforts. This lawsuit was suspiciously pursued just months after NPPC had opposed HSUS on the issue of federal standards for cage-size requirements.
In 2002, activists in Florida fought for the constitutional rights of pigs – and won. This made gestation crates illegal and punishable by a $5,000 fine and imprisonment. A traditional and effective form of food production that is proven to keep the animals safer is now illegal, simply because activists thought they knew what is best for animals.
They have also devoted an enormous amount of time and money into the ban of or restrictions on hunting. Florida, Maine, Michigan, New Jersey, California and many more states have felt the anti-hunting wrath of HSUS and Wayne Pacelle, who coincidentally was poached from the Fund for Animals (at the time a well-known anti-hunting organization that was later absorbed into the HSUS by none other than Pacelle himself). Essentially, the president and organization are as anti-hunting as you’ll find.
Finally, there’s HSUS’s involvement on the controversial and poorly named ‘puppy-mill’ proposition in Missouri that was introduced in 2009. With misleading provisions and broad definitions that allowed the law to regulate much more than just animal breeders and ‘puppy mills,’ Missouri’s agriculture was under direct attack. Not only did it make it illegal to properly raise a litter of puppies through temperature requirements, but it had operation size restrictions that if liberally interpreted would put countless farmers and ranchers out of business.
Since the synopsis of the law conveniently left out many important parts of the law, it was passed. But agriculture put up one hell of a fight and the proposition was only passed by 51.7%, and over 100 of the 114 counties in Missouri voted NO on the proposition.
Later, the Missouri legislature stood together and passed an amended version of the law. In response to HSUS’s manipulative work, the MO government worked together passing correction to Prop B with SB 113 in both the House and Senate, and it was signed by the governor, all in the same day!
Since the late 1990s, HSUS and the animal rights industry have been constantly fighting the traditional American way of life. They have set restrictions and regulations on practices that have never before been limited in such ways. Ultimately they are putting at risk agriculture and the way of life as a whole, not to mention thousands of animals when their senseless legislation takes effect.
They claim to be watchmen, making sure that animals are protected. However, this brings us to a famous quote from a Roman poem: “Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?” or, “who watches the watchmen?” Well, that would be us: you and I. The Protect the Harvest family who have, time and time again, shown how much they care for agriculture, animals, and rural America.
Will you help us end the corruption of the animal rights industry?