Securing the Future
The Truth About Missouri's Proposition B "Puppy Cruelty Prevention Act"
HSUS is seeking to take down Missouri's dog breeding industry with Proposition B, calling the bill the "Puppy Cruelty Prevention Act". Great name; who wouldn't want to keep someone from being cruel to a puppy? The problem is Missouri already has laws protecting animals – all animals. So what's the real agenda?
The Radical Agenda of HSUS
Proposition B is being pushed by an organization know as The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS). We all know the Humane Society from our local neighborhoods, but do not be fooled by the similar sounding name. There is no connection between HSUS and local animal shelters. HSUS is a radical animal rights organization which fundraises under the guise of helping animals while orchestrating devastating animal rights campaigns in over 40 states across the country.
Between 1990 and 2008 animal rights activists pushed over 40 ballot campaigns across the nation. Ballot initiatives and legislative public policy efforts are the tools used by the Humane Society of the United States, and other animal rights activist groups to carry out their ultimate goal of destroying animal agriculture and pet ownership in the United States. The driving force behind these laws is the richest "animal rights" organization on the planet. The deceptivelynamed Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) disclosed over $206 million in assets in its 2007 Annual Report.
Proposition B is just another stepping stone. HSUS is strategically implementing extreme policies across the country in order to extend and mandate similar laws covering ALL animals. Their idea of utopia is a United States with NO animal ownership; NO meat to eat; NO pets; NO hunting; NO fishing; NO service animals. If chicken farmers would be forced to own no more than 50 chickens they could no longer afford to stay in business. The same will hold true with hog farmers and cattle ranchers. Eventually, agri-business will be forced to go overseas, just as our manufacturing and tech industries have.
But even the extinction of our food industry isn't the scariest part of this extreme liberal agenda. A law is only as good as it's enforced. HSUS is resolute to pursue legal action even when there is no evident crime taking place. HSUS has now become the self-appointed law enforcement of the animal world. In some states, HSUS employees are obtaining warrants with false information, running around with guns and police-like badges breaking down doors, confiscating animals and business papers. Law abiding citizens are resisting these ungrounded malicious charges and strong arm techniques, filing legal action against HSUS, sheriffs and government offices for blatant violations of the most basic constitutional rights.
The American way of life and the freedoms we as Americans hold dear to our hearts are being systematically destroyed. A recent epidemic of anti-pet, anti-farmer, anti-animal use laws has swept our nation. The animal rights movement is being pushed through each state, one by one, with ballot initiatives to change ownership rights and mandate new extreme regulations.
The two most prominent examples in this genre of agri-politics and increasing government control:
- In California, by ballot initiative in 2008, Proposition 2: The Prevention of Farm Animal Cruelty Act, has essentially handicapped the California chicken egg industry forcing chicken farmers out of business and consumers to buy imported eggs. Since the ballot measure, egg prices have risen 60%. Like most business interest, Chicken farmers are seeking asylum from the extreme California regulations and many have flooded outside of the USA and into Mexico. California is facing bankruptcy and the foreclosure rate is one of the highest in the country.
- In Florida, by ballot initiative, Floridians voted to stop the "crating" of mother pigs under the deceitful guise that it was "cruel and inhumane" to crate pigs. However, mother pigs are crated so they do not roll over and kill their piglets. Farmers could no longer afford to raise pigs and have relocated. Florida has one of the highest unemployment rates in the country.
Numerous other agribusinesses and connected industries have been subsequently crippled and have been dragged down alongside.
This bill forces breeders to limit the number of dogs they can own – regardless of care. Think about this a minute . . . . Should the government have the right to limit the number of houses a realtor can sell? Or the number of cattle a rancher can raise? These new regulations will put almost every breeder in Missouri out of business forcing the price of dogs to sky rocket and allowing pet ownership only for the very wealthy.
Abolishing Animal Ownership: One Step at a Time… HSUS spends less than 0.5% of their revenue on the care of animals. The goals of their organization have been made clear by numerous statements by their President, Wayne Pacelle, a radical animal rights activist.
"We have no problem with the extinction of domestic animals." -Wayne Pacelle, President, HSUS
When asked if he envisioned a future without pets, "If I had my personal view, perhaps that might take hold. In fact, I don't want to see another dog or cat born."" - Wayne Pacelle quoted in Blood Ties: Nature, Culture and the Hunt by Ted Kerasote, 1993, p 266
"Our goal is to get sport hunting in the same category as cock fighting and dog fighting. We are going to use the ballot box and the democratic process to stop all hunting in the United States." -Wayne Pacelle, President, HSUS
Prop B and Our Economy
As families in Missouri struggle to make ends meet, radical animal rights activists are using emotional ballot language to push economy crippling legislation. If Prop B were to pass:
- Blue Ribbon Kennels will be forced to close due to excessive regulation and penalties
- Jobs will be lost at pet stores, kennels, and food producers who employ tens of thousands of Missourians statewide
- Hundreds of thousands of tax dollars a year will be wasted enforcing needless regulations on Missouri's respected, licensed dog-breeders, while the unlicensed problem-breeders remain unchecked
While unemployment rates continue to rise, Proposition B will cause more small businesses to go under and put many Missourians out of their jobs.
"The defense of freedom begins at home, and the price of freedom is vigilance and courage." In this country, freedom is never stolen from us by a thief in the night. It gets handed away, one piece at a time, by those of us who are weak, cowardly, uncaring, or unknowing. - Jeane Kirkpatrick, U.S. ambassador to the United Nations
Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act Is A Federal Law, Get Informed and Find Out Why!
The Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act (AETA) is a United States federal law (Pub.L. 109-374; 18 U.S.C. § 43) that prohibits any person from using force, violence, or threats "for the purpose of damaging or interfering with the operations of an animal enterprise." The bill is described by the author as being intended to "provide the Department of Justice the necessary authority to apprehend, prosecute, and convict individuals committing animal enterprise terror."
The law gives the U.S. Department of Justice stronger tools to respond to threats posed by animal rights extremists. The AETA does so by broadening the definition of "animal enterprise" to include academic and commercial enterprises that use or sell animals or animal products. In addition, the AETA specifically addresses the "tertiary targeting" system used by animal rights activists by prohibiting any person from intentional damaging the property of a person or entity having a connection to an animal enterprise. It also increases the existing penalties for intentionally causing a person bodily injury or intentionally placing a person in reasonable fear of death or bodily injury; includes penalties based on the amount of economic damage caused; and allows animal enterprises to seek restitution. For example, under the law, a research facility could seek restitution for the cost of repeating an experiment. The AETA's Rules of Construction also expressly state that the Act is not to be construed as prohibiting any lawful First Amendment activity such as peaceful picketing or peaceful demonstrating.
Animal rights activists have criticized the bill on the grounds that it does not provide explicit protection for "whistleblowing" and undercover investigations. People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals claimed that "no other industrial sector in U.S. history has ever been given such legal protections against people's exercising of their First Amendment free-speech rights.
According to PETA, this bill is an attempt by corporations to manipulate people's fear of terrorism in an effort to stop the peaceful animal protection movement". The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) believes the law's language is overly broad and vague, the current law is satisfactory, and that the AETA could be interpreted to protect unlawful animal enterprises. Alliance for Animals director Lori Nitzel suggested "it heavily criminalizes civil disobedience, and just for animal rights activists." However, Jerry Vlasak, spokesman for the North American Animal Liberation Press Office, suggested the bill would have little impact on the movement because underground activists "don't really care about those laws" and law enforcement agencies had already "gone after" effective above-ground activists.
Remember – The Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act is a FEDERAL LAW enforced by the Federal Government. Knowing that HSUS has impersonated various law enforcement agencies before, it is entirely possible that when someone with a "Badge" shows up as your kennel claiming that they are doing an investigation, they could be breaking a Federal Law and infringing on your rights.
No matter what, as a civil servant, they are in place to serve the people. Be sure to request positive proof that the subjects are real Law Enforcement Officers and are there for legitimate reasons. If you are not satisfied, call 911 and report trespassers. This is also enforced by the United States Marshals Office.