It seems that the Tea Party and others in Missouri have a problem with the Humane Society of the United States:
A conservative group in Missouri is picking up the backing of the Tea Party and Joe The Plumber in its quest to stop the Humane Society and other animal rights groups from passing “radical” anti-puppy mill legislation.
It seems a little weird that groups are pushing back against a bill to limit cruelty to dogs until you understand the real picture. Of course, they say they’re against it because:
The Alliance For Truth claims that the Humane Society of the United States has a “radical agenda” and is “misleading the public with its intentions on Prop B. The society seeks only to raise the cost of breeding dogs, making it ever-more difficult for middle-class American families to be dog-owners.”
But go to their website and here is part of their front page statement:
This radical animal rights organization (HSUS), who spends less than 0.5% of its $100M + budget on actually helping animals, is using the referendum process to slowly, systematically eliminate food production in the United States.
In California, HSUS has decimated the egg industry forcing chicken farmers out of business and consumers to buy imported eggs. In Florida, for all intents and purposes, HSUS eliminated the pork industry. (Wondering why pork prices are going sky high?) They’ve also crippled numerous other agribusinesses – dragging connected industries down with them.
And now you see that they have the same problem that Rep. King of Iowa had earlier in the year. In many states it is legal to mistreat farm animals and the Humane Society is trying to pass laws to make it illegal–they’re for the humane treatment of animals after all. The problem is that most people want the same thing. This means they have to attack the organization instead of the bill (they don’t even bother trying to rebut this report which reports on some of the terrible conditions of puppy mills). And they have to attack this bill on puppy mills, because if it passes the Humane Society might then try to pass a bill on the humane treatment of farm animals. Maybe it’s a good time to give to the Humane Society.