Thursday, February 19, 2009

Being Proactive

Animal enthusiasts challenge Humane Society agenda
The Wendover Times

CARSON CITY -- A group of animal enthusiasts from around the state visited Carson City last Monday to meet with lawmakers as a preemptive measure against the Humane Society of the United States' schedule to lobby for its animal rights agenda in Nevada this past Saturday.

Tim Stoffel from Reno, organizer of the group's efforts, Chris Vaught from Washoe Valley, Zuzana Kukol and Scott Shoemaker from Pahrump and Deanna Croasmun from Wendover registered as non-paid lobbyists and spoke with various assembly members and senators.

They explained the difference between the animal rights movement and animal welfare, and asked legislators to look into the Humane Society agenda and its connections to People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) and other animal rights groups.

The group, speaking in support of animal welfare, pointed out that the Humane Society is a national lobbying group, is not affiliated with any of the humane societies or shelters in Nevada and does not represent the interests of Nevada voters. Read More

Many states are dealing with HSUS backed legislation right now. Any pre-emptive work you can do in your own states will only be beneficial. It is important that agriculture lay the groundwork on these issues. It’s easier to educate legislators than it is to re-educate them.

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