Wednesday, November 11, 2009

HSUS To Return To Ohio

Wednesday, November 11, 2009
HSUS trash talk? Bring it on!
by Susan Crowell
Farm and Dairy Magazine

I should have known better.

Did I really think the Humane Society of the United States would leave Ohio farmers alone after voters spoke soundly at the polls in favor of a livestock care standards board? Did I really think Wayne Pacelle, HSUS CEO, would admit defeat and simply turn his attention and money to a weaker farm state?

No, I guess not, and so, ready or not, here they come.

The Humane Society of the United States, I remind you, is NOT affiliated with local or county humane societies that shelter unwanted pets, or promote spay and neuter programs. It has a stated goal, one of its Three Rs, of “replacing meat and other animal-based foods in the diet with plant-based foods.” In other words, the “humane” in HSUS means the activists believe there is no “humane” treatment of meat-producing animals. Period.

Unhappy with the outcome of Ohio’s Issue 2, HSUS’ Pacelle has declared the group will wage its own ballot initiative in the Buckeye State, saying the livestock care standards board was “cooked up” to block real reform (meaning the HSUS’ definition of reform). Read More

In some sort of effort to save face in Ohio and of course, to raise more money, HSUS is bragging about how they will ride in and propose a ballot initiative. It has to be really eating away at them that Issue 2 passed with just as wide of margin in Ohio as Prop 2 passed with in California. As much as he has tried to tell us that he didn’t care if Issue 2 passed, this was his first big loss. And believe me, he cares. If they didn’t care about it, he wouldn’t have been in Ohio on the day before the election campaigning. But as Susan mentions in this article, this is no time to rest. Ohio farmers will need to continue on their campaign trail to educate consumer about who they are and what they do.

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