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HSUS Fights for the Right to Carpet-bag
MAY 03 2010

Imagine that you're running a group called Ohioans for Humane Farms.
You're (not-so-secretly) controlled by the Humane Society of the
United States. And your goal in life is to get a question on the
November ballot that would invalidate last year's election, when
Ohioans vested control of animal agriculture standards in a
thirteen-person board that just started meeting a few days ago.

Now imagine that your volunteer efforts to gather 402,275 signatures
of Ohioans by June 29 are way behind schedule. You started canvassing
back on March 10, which means that almost half of your
signature-gathering time has already passed. It's April 27, and you've
collected barely 115,000 signatures. And you'll probably need 600,000
to reach your goal, since so many of yours will read "Wilbur," "Mickey
Mouse," and "Kermit the Frog."

What do you do?

If you're following the typical HSUS playbook, you hire professional
signature gatherers. That's how the animal rights group got
California's "Proposition 2" over the top. (So much for those boasts
of having "11 million constituents." Hardly any of them show up when
it counts.) And the activist who ran signature-gathering for HSUS in
the San Francisco Bay Area in 2008 conveniently moved to Cleveland
just a few days ago.

In Ohio, this could be a big problem. State law prohibits people who
are not "residents of this state" from circulating petitions for

But HSUS's full-time staff includes more full-time attorneys than a
Law & Order marathon. So why am I not surprised that the group is
trying to sue the state of Ohio into submission?

That's right-HSUS filed a lawsuit last week in Federal District Court
(in the Southern District of Ohio) to have this "no carpetbaggers" law
declared unconstitutional.

Laws, schmaws. There's an app for that.

I'm not a lawyer, and my organization certainly doesn't fleece its
donors for 30 attorneys' salaries, so I wouldn't want to predict
whether or not HSUS has a drumstick to stand on. But it's certainly
clear that the well-heeled PETA clone is pulling out all the stops.

You can read the lawsuit for yourself,
but here's what I thought was the most telling line:

"Plaintiff HSUS has filed a Form 15 with the Ohio Secretary of State,
stating that it will provide compensation to an individual or entity
for supervising, managing, or otherwise organizing an effort to obtain
signatures on a statewide initiative petition"

In other words, HSUS is opening up its wad of cash to buy its way onto
the ballot in November. And since actual Ohioans already voted to
embrace someone else's vision of animal agriculture just seven months
ago, the group wil need to truck in Nevadans, Californians, and
Michiganders to get it done.

It was just last week that one Ohioans for Humane Farms "volunteer"
bragged that she was "one of the many Ohioans across the state"
collecting signatures. So much for that. And so much for the latest
pile of cash that will be diverted from pet shelters to HSUS's legal
dream team.

It's worth noting that in Missouri, HSUS's front group has already
submitted enough signatures to qualify its anti-"puppy mill" petition
for the November election. Could it be that voters understand the
difference between dogies and doggies, and are just fine with petting
one and slow-roasting the other?


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