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Postby txbowhunter » Sat Jan 20, 2007 2:36 pm

Animal protection a just cause

By Wayne Pacelle

Article Last Updated: 01/06/2007 09:41:10 PM MST

The Democrats have now taken control of Congress because, as President Bush memorably put it, Republicans took a "thumpin"' in the fall elections. But that wasn't the only thumpin' that occurred in November. In congressional contests and statewide ballot campaigns, the 2006 election brought decisive victories for the cause of animal protection - and left the callous to lick their own wounds for a change.

In Arizona, despite the best efforts of the National Pork Producers Council and other agribusiness interests, 62 percent of voters approved a measure to ban inhumane factory farming practices. In Michigan, meanwhile, the National Rifle Association puffed up its chest to promote a referendum to allow shooting of mourning doves for sport. Sixty-nine percent of voters answered with a firm "no," routing the NRA in one of its own supposed strongholds.

Throw in the defeat of two longtime opponents of animal welfare - California's Richard Pombo, the chairman of the House Resources Committee, and Sen. Conrad Burns of Montana - and you have the markers of a reform movement on the rise.

To borrow an image from our opponents, they make mighty impressive trophies on the wall.

Focused historically on direct care of animals in need, the animal-protection movement has amped up its political engagement in recent years. State lawmakers in 2006 passed nearly 70 laws to improve the welfare of animals, inspired in large part by the Humane Society of the United States with its nearly 10 million members and constituents and an annual budget of $120 million. Add to that some 6,000 other animal-welfare groups, including a few others with large operations and multimillion-dollar budgets, and the growing influence of the cause becomes even more apparent.

The Humane Society alone has about 20,000 members and constituents in every congressional district. That's more even than the NRA, and the convictions of animal advocates run deep. When a traditionally conservative state like Arizona votes to prohibit the cruelty of mass-confinement hog farming, and a "sportsmen's" state like Michigan votes overwhelmingly (and in all 83 counties) to impose a ban on shooting doves, maybe and other political operatives will take note.

Ballot issues are perhaps the best measure of the appeal of any cause, because they focus the debate and call for a straight up-or-down vote on a given matter. And in the last decade, when animal-protection issues have been put to voters, Americans have consistently taken the side of reform - passing 19 statewide measures in recent years to outlaw such abhorrent practices as cockfighting, bear baiting, hound hunting, horse slaughter, aerial hunting of wolves, use of steel-jawed leghold traps, and confinement of animals in crates on factory farms.

Few other causes have a record of such success. Despite the enormous financial advantages of animal-use industries and their trade groups, they don't seem to welcome open debate and direct democracy. They do best in the clubby comfort zones of back rooms and big-time lobby firms.

Arizona illustrates the dangers for these industries when their practices are brought into full view. There, Humane Society championed a measure banning the merciless confinement of veal calves and pigs in cages so small that the creatures cannot even turn around. Factory farm interests across America made the defeat of this reform their highest priority, holding nothing back. Yet for all the industry's money, propaganda, and disreputable tactics, it came down to a simple question of humanity. The great majority of Arizonans saw factory farming for the cruel and dishonorable thing it is, and voted for a better way.

Opposition to animal cruelty is, after all, a universal value, and the goal of animal advocates is to hold this compassionate country to its own professed standards. In the coming congressional session, we will urge lawmakers to make staged animal fighting a federal felony; to outlaw the slaughter of 100,000 healthy American horses as delicacies for foreign restaurants; to crack down on the abuse of dogs in puppy mills; and to ban the trade in primates and other exotic animals for the pet trade. Who would wish to continue such cruelties except the people who profit by them?

The politics of animal protection are sometimes complex, but the principles are always simple: Cruelty to animals is wrong and inexcusable. Laws protecting animals from cruelty make us a better country. Politicians across America share this conviction, and they can be certain that voters stand ready to support them. We have always known that the prevention of cruelty is a worthy cause. Now we know that it is a winning cause as well.

Wayne Pacelle is president and CEO of the Humane Society of the United States.

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Postby txbowhunter » Sat Jan 20, 2007 2:36 pm

The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) claims Ridgefield, Connecticut’s Deer Committee “rushed to recommendationsâ€
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Postby txbowhunter » Sat Jan 20, 2007 2:37 pm

Anti-hunters create litigation division
Humane Society of the United States to challenge hunting via courts
Dec. 3, 2004

The nation's largest anti-hunting group has launched a new legal department to challenge sportsmen in the courts.

An Animal Protection Litigation section was created in the wake of the recent merger of the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) and the Fund for Animals. Attorney Jonathan Lovvorn was selected to head the department. The organization intends to add four litigating attorneys by the end of the year.

"The animal rights movement sees the courts as the easiest way to realize its anti-hunting agenda," said U.S. Sportsmen's Alliance Senior Vice President Rick Story. "Anti-hunters are in court right now to halt black bear hunting and kick sportsmen off of public lands. The move to implement an HSUS Animal Protection Litigation function so quickly and the commitment to the program's expansion prove that it is a priority for the newly formed mega-anti-hunting rights group."

Lovvorn has been a partner with Meyer & Glitzenstein, the Washington, D.C. law firm used by the Fund for Animals in legal battles against sportsmen. He will assume his duties as vice president on January 1, 2005.

The merger of the two anti-hunting groups was announced on November 22, 2004. It will formally occur on January 1, 2005. The new group will have as much as $98 million in annual support to derail hunting and traditional wildlife management in the United States.

After the merger, the new organization will continue to be known as the Humane Society of the United States. It has stated that the abolition of hunting and trapping will be priority issues. Bowhunting is the first form of hunting that the group has vowed to eradicate.

The U.S. Sportsmen's Alliance has begun working with bowhunting organizations, businesses and publications to organize bowhunters nationwide to prepare a defense.
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Postby the restles hunter » Thu May 31, 2007 7:23 pm

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May 31, 2007

Microsoft Funds the Anti-Hunting Movement



(Columbus) – Microsoft has rejected a U.S. Sportsmen’s Alliance request to abandon its partnership with the nation’s leading anti-hunting organization.



Microsoft, the software giant, will make a $100,000 donation to the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) and is partnering with the group on a pilot program called the i’m Initiative. Through the new program, whenever a Windows Live Messenger user has a conversation using i’m, Microsoft will give a portion of the program’s advertising revenue to one of ten organizations selected by the user. The HSUS is one of the choices, and there is no limit to the amount of money that can be donated.



The U.S. Sportsmen’s Alliance, the nation’s leading sportsmen’s advocacy organization, has urged Microsoft to end its support of HSUS, but the company refused. According to Microsoft representative Tara Kriese, Microsoft believes the i’m Initiative is “a great way to enable people to help causes that are important to them.â€
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