August 30, 2010. With the recent publicity over Ohio’s agreement to work with the Humane Society of the United States to implement a series of on-farm animal welfare rules, new energy has been injected into grassroots efforts to prevent similar incursions by HSUS into other states.
In Missouri, for example, a new organization, The Alliance for Truth, has been formed to educate consumers about the ultimate goals of HSUS. The Alliance members include the American Pet Registry and the Sportsmen and Animal Owners Alliance, along with several state legislators and Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer (R-Mo.). The group is opposing Prop B, a state ballot measure to regulate dog ownership that is being actively funded by HSUS.
Prop B ostensibly would curtail abuses among so-called “puppy mills,” which no right-minded person opposes. But the Alliance is pointing out that even HSUS’s more innocuous-sounding objectives often make matters worse for animals, such as the banning of horse slaughter, which has resulted in thousands of horses left to die of starvation when their owners could not care for them and had no other options available, other than abandonment.