[SAOVA_South] HSUS LOBBYING IN YOUR STATE

Sportsmen's and Animal Owners' Voting Alliance (SAOVA) saova_south at mailman.montana.com
Mon Apr 5 17:31:08 MDT 2010


HSUS LOBBYING IN YOUR STATE

 

Dear SAOVA friends,

 

HSUS State Director Kim Alboum has now concluded the Lobby 101 Seminars in
North Carolina, holding seminars in 9 cities around the state during
February and March. Some seminars attracted less than a dozen listeners
while a few did better with attendance at approximately 50.  The seminars
generated poor interest overall considering HSUS claims to have 240,000
members in the Tarheel State. 

 

With little variation, the message was the same to all those who attended:
legitimize the cause; go mainstream; get media coverage; talk to legislators
and create relationships.

 

Alboum advised attendees that to initiate change, HSUS supporters need to
mobilize, come together, and be viewed as mainstream.  She blamed last
year's losses in the General Assembly on HSUS supporters' inability to
organize effectively.  Alboum continued to encourage her audience to meet
their legislators face to face; find out where they go to church; what
outside groups they belong to; befriend their staff; and use HSUS fact
sheets as hand outs for each introduced bill. 

 

Alboum emphasized the importance of getting stories to the media to get
their message out and spread the word. 

 

HSUS STRATEGIES AND UPCOMING LEGISLATION

 

FIGHT AGAINST FACTORY FARMING. A strategy HSUS plans to employ is an
alliance with the "local foods" people in the HSUS fight against factory
farms and their effort to force veganism on the world.  Alboum handed out
copies of the 15th Annual Piedmont Farm Tour brochure (April 24 and 25),
telling the audience to contact these farmers and ask them to help in the
fight against animal agriculture.  Alboum stated she has been contacting the
farmers, already polarizing them with HSUS propaganda. 

 

FIGHT AGAINST TRANSPORTING HORSES, PROCESSING HORSEMEAT.

Alboum briefly explained that horse processing plants for human consumption
had been closed because HSUS had been successful in eliminating funding for
federal inspection of the plants. Alboum justified the plant closings by
stating that horse slaughter was inhumane, and that the meat was "tainted"
and was not good for anything anyway.  Now HSUS is fighting to stop all
transportation of horses for slaughter outside the U.S.  Clearly, Alboum is
not well versed in the nutritional qualities of horsemeat, and chooses to
ignore the fact there is a thriving international market for horsemeat which
is high in protein and low in fat.

 

PUPPY MILL BILL.

SB460, the HSUS "Puppy Mill Bill" unfortunately passed the NC Senate in 2009
by one vote and is currently in House Finance.  A call to arms was sent to
the audience by Alboum to begin making calls to House legislators and to
Julia Howard (Vice Chairman, Finance) in support of SB460 passage in the May
legislative session. 

 

Among the many exaggerations presented to justify the bill are claims that
the original HSUS estimation of 200 large-scale breeders was wrong and it is
likely that figure is double with at least 400 "puppy mills" operating in
the state. Noteworthy is the ease with which the terms commercial breeder
and "puppy mill" are used interchangeably.  

 

Alboum informed her audience that "puppy mills" should be shut down because
they spread Giardia, a "virus" contagious to humans.  Again, Alboum is
misinforming her listeners.  Giardia is not a virus, it is a microscopic
parasite found worldwide and is recognized as a common cause of waterborne
disease in humans in the United States. The Giardia parasite lives in the
intestine of infected humans or animals (e.g., cats, dogs, cattle, deer, and
beavers) causing nausea and diarrhea. According to the CDC, anyone can get
giardiasis including people who drink from poorly monitored wells, and
backpackers, hikers, and campers who drink untreated water.

 

Alboum continued by stating that puppy millers from neighboring states, such
as Virginia and Tennessee, are flooding into North Carolina following
passage of regulation there.  Did Alboum and HSUS have time to examine real
estate records in three states in order to reach this conclusion or is this
yet another wild accusation pulled out of thin air to create a crisis
looking for a solution?   As we have pointed out before, the same sound
bites of breeders fleeing from one state to another are distributed by HSUS
in every state with a pending breeder bill.

 

When questioned about why the bill did not include cats, Alboum's answer was
"baby steps, they are next, then birds."  Alboum also expressed her
disappointment that the original bill had been downgraded to complaint
driven inspection rather than annual inspections.  Likewise the numbers used
to establish a commercial breeder ("puppy mill") were increased, but Alboum
stated that in reality owning 6 females should be the separating line
between hobby and commercial breeder. Alboum assured the audience that
getting ANY bill on the books was worth the effort as it could be tightened
up later on.

 

HSUS is intent on regulating dog breeders.  Alboum did not have specific
details, but mentioned that HSUS was working on a plan to assist North
Carolina counties with enforcement costs for SB460.  Make no mistake - the
animal rights agenda has nothing to do with welfare, it is about control.
HSUS yearns to become an arm of the government as demonstrated by their
previous scheme to be the enforcement agency for USDA kennel inspections and
more recent petition to President Obama to appoint a Federal Animal
Protection Liaison.

 

FOX PENNING.

Alboum stated a plan to revive the fox penning bill from 2009 to include
coyotes.  She stated that the practice of penning originally began to train
hunting dogs, but has since evolved into a blood sport that is a cross
between a canned hunt and animal fighting.  Alboum informed her audience
that at fox pens, dogs were turned loose to rip foxes apart.  She said there
were 150 pens in the state and most people were not aware of this barbaric
practice. 

 

HSUS has a history of opposing hunting with dogs, and Alboum's false
statements are in line with the organization's misrepresentation of training
and penning operations and hound hunting in general.  Fox pens are regulated
and permitted by NC Wildlife Resources, cannot be less than 500 acres;
cannot use foxes transported across state lines; must have one approved,
inspected, dog-proof escape den for every 35 acres.  Although HSUS claims
foxes are "live bait" for packs of dogs tear apart, in reality it is
considered to be very undesirable to have one of the dogs even harm one of
the foxes.  The contest is actually between dog owners, trainers and their
dogs to see whose dogs were best bred and trained for the specific job of
chasing foxes. 

 

Although decline of their natural predator, wolves, has allowed coyotes to
expand their natural range from Tennessee, Georgia, South Carolina and North
Carolina, Alboum told her audience that the coyotes populating our state
were the result of the breeding of coyotes that had escaped from these pens.

 

NORTH CAROLINA LEGISLATORS.

State Senator Neal Hunt (R-Wake) is perhaps number one on the HSUS's most
appreciated legislators list for his efforts in introducing the anti-penning
bill and his general support of the HSUS anti-breeder initiative.

 

Alboum expressed appreciation to the wife of Congressman David Price (D, 4)
who personally lobbied the NC General Assembly in support of the breeder
bill, SB460. 

 

Alboum reported that HSUS lobbyists have met with Senator Kay Hagan to
discuss federal legislation.  Hagan is a supporter of HR503 which would end
transportation of horses outside the U.S. for slaughter, but is not
supportive of other HSUS efforts against animal agriculture since this is a
major North Carolina industry.

 

WHAT YOU CAN DO

Know thy enemy.  Attend the HSUS Lobby Seminar in your own state, learn the
upcoming agenda, and prepare for the battle. We cannot afford to have HSUS
and animal rightists frame the issues, labeling us as exploiters and
legislating away our rights.  

 

The "word" that HSUS sends to the media is generally a mix of misinformation
and outright lies.  The false, detrimental HSUS accusations cannot go
unchallenged.  If local media airs biased reports, assist in contacting the
writers with facts.  Write your own letter to the editor correcting the HSUS
propaganda piece. 

 

Coalition Building. Find allies to assist on a given piece of legislation,
even if these allies have a slightly different perspective due to their
specific area. Stop infighting! Compromise with radical animal rightists on
anti-breeder, anti-agriculture animal rights legislation only serves to give
them a platform for increased, restrictive regulation of our hobbies,
sports, and livelihoods. 

 

Use the ballot box to vote controlling, animal rightist supporting
legislators out of office.

 

Join the campaign asking for an IRS audit of the HSUS excessive lobbying
practices and revocation of their nonprofit status.
http://www.saova.org/SpayNeuterHSUS.html

Send examples of HSUS excessive lobbying to the IRS with a short cover
letter for inclusion in the audit. 

 

The world not only belongs to those who show up, it's controlled by the best
informed and most motivated. 

 

Cross posting is encouraged.

 

Susan Wolf
Sportsmen's and Animal Owners' Voting Alliance - http://saova.org
<http://saova.org/> 
Issue lobbying and working to identify and elect supportive legislators
 
Your financial assistance is vital to SAOVA's advocacy.
 
 

 

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