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Keeping an eye on HSUS

Posted Tuesday, January 31, 2012, at 8:13 AM

The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) is at it again. It is working, once again, to manipulate the ballot box in Missouri. This time there is one difference: we all know this out-of-state organization really desires an end to agriculture in Missouri.

HSUS has started the "Your Vote Counts" by compiling an initiative petition campaign. This would make decisions made on ballot issues irreversible forever. This comes after HSUS spent years getting an issue on the ballot two years ago that attempted to make "improvements" to illegal dog breeding operations in the state, when it actually was trying to kill off the industry completely. The attempt was just its first effort against farming in our state. After the Missouri General Assembly reversed parts of HSUS's bad idea, HSUS started trying to make new inroads in Missouri.

The whole point of HSUS's new appeal is to draw in as much money as possible. According to the Missouri Ethics Commission, the Your Vote Counts Commission brought in nearly $165,000 in contributions. Only $150 came from Missouri. The rest came from anywhere but here.

To me, this points to two things. First, HSUS has a hidden agenda. Despite its public intentions to change the initiative petition process, I believe it still would like to instill policies that would be detrimental to farmers all over Missouri. The second concern is they do not seem to have support here in Missouri. For 99 percent of its money to come from outside Missouri, when it is trying to put something on a Missouri ballot, it lost a lot of friends with Proposition B in 2010.

Unfortunately, it is too easy to get issues on a ballot, where voters are only given little information to make "yes" or "no" decisions. Missourians choose representatives and senators to sit through committee hearings, meet with stakeholders and debate tough issues for months. Radical groups like HSUS write deceptive ballot language, pay people to gather signatures and then spend hundreds of thousands of dollars to sway the public based on emotions rather than facts.

It is up to all of us to keep watching this group. The folks at Missouri Farmers Care have been doing an excellent job. It took a lot of work to undo the damage of Proposition B. We do not need to see another damaging ballot measure from HSUS, presented with sad puppy dogs to hide an underlying intent of destroying farmers and Missouri's rural way of life. Rest assured, I will continue to do all I can to keep our way of life intact.

Senator Stouffer serves the counties of Carroll, Chariton, Cooper, Howard, Lafayette, Macon, Ray, Saline, and a part of Clay.

If you have questions or comments about this or any other issue, please call toll free (866) 768-3987 or by e-mail at bstouffer@senate.mo.gov.

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I hope your legislators manage to foil every/all attempts by HSUS, PETA and other AR groups. HSUS is being investigated for lying to the public (i guess a nicer word would be - misleading). these AR groups are doing all they can to cause the 'extinction' of any/all animal use be it for food or companionship. Please do not take their words at face value!

-- Posted by equusarian on Tue, Feb 7, 2012, at 10:31 AM

Can we say..."Show-Me-Stupid"?

-- Posted by bsc1223 on Sat, Feb 25, 2012, at 9:31 AM

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Sen. Bill Stouffer, R-Napton, represented the 21st district in the Missouri Senate until January 2013, when he left after reaching established term limits. He is a life-long resident of Saline County, a farmer and small business owner. He and his wife, Sue Ellen, live on their family farm in Napton. He was the chairman of the Senate Transportation Committee and Joint Committee on Transportation Oversight. He served on a number of other committees, including Agriculture, Food Production and Outdoor Resources; Commerce, Consumer Protection, Energy & the Environment; Financial & Governmental Organizations & Elections; Joint Interim Committee on School Accreditation; Missouri Alternative Fuels Commission; Missouri Civil Air Patrol; Missouri Military Preparedness and Enhancement Commission; Missouri Senior RX Commission; Alzheimer's State Plan Task Force; Coordinating Council on Special Transportation; and Midwestern Interstate passage Rail Compact Commission.