Skip to content

HSUS Facing Setbacks in the Tar Heel State



A few weeks back we wrote about a North Carolina bill that would have earmarked money for the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS). We encouraged readers to write the bill’s sponsor, Rep. John Bradford III, and ask him to remove HSUS from the bill, and we operated on the assumption that he confused HSUS with legitimate animal welfare charities, as many people do. Sure enough, he apparently had no idea about the truth about HSUS, and he promised to remove HSUS from his bill.

Some of his colleagues who have had to deal with HSUS’s shenanigans already understand itsmodus operandi. One of them is state Rep. Chuck McGrady, who has written of HSUS following the nasty tangle over the Property Protection Act, a law that protects businesses from intrusion. Henoted HSUS’s overly aggressive—and counterproductive—communications strategy opposing the bill last year:

With respect to the tactics of the bill’s opponents, framing the bill as the “Ag Gag” bill seemed to unite legislators from rural areas in support of the bill and other legislators, including me, viewed the framing of the bill in that way as inaccurate. More bizarre was the scorched-earth strategy that the Humane Society of the United States and its North Carolina affiliate used against the bill. The organization ran a nasty ad against Speaker Tim Moore in his hometown paper.

While completely understanding that people could have different views on the bill, the Humane Society’s rhetoric was both highly partisan and way over-the-top. For instance, after the vote, the Humane Society of the United States claimed that “North Carolina Republicans kowtowed to the state’s factory farms” and the “law turns whistleblowers into criminals, while protecting corporations and people who do terrible things to animal and even vulnerable people.”

Well, the problem with that sort of rhetoric is that it probably ensures that other legislation sought by the Humane Society is dead. I’m a primary cosponsor of the puppy mill bill, HB159 [Dog Breeding Stds/Law Enforcement Tools], and the lead sponsor of the exotic animals bill, HB554[Protect Public from Dangerous Wild Animals], but I think the Humane Society’s rhetoric is offensive. Moreover, I’m sure it will be very difficult to garner support for future bills put forward by the organization.

While the Humane Society says it is an “animal protection” group — not an “animal rights” group, like People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals or PETA — the strident tone of its campaign against the bill made me wonder. 

We’ve heard from legislators across the country—from conservative Republicans to liberal Democrats—who have had similar opinions. If HSUS wants to act like PETA, well, we won’t stop them. After all, HSUS essentially is PETA, at the end of the day.

More Stories

  • Honors loves all

    A huge crowd met Honors and Larry Edwards at the Celebration Saturday evening, Sept. 2, 2017, at the meet and greet for 2016 WGC Honors in front of the Blue Ribbon Club on the final night of the Celebration. Read More
  • WGC A Gin To Win visits TN State Fair

    Friday, September 15th, Abernathy Stables traveled to the Tennessee State Fair to exhibit current Three-Year-Old World Grand Champion, A Gin To Win. The Tennessee State Fair has been going on for more than 150 years and this year the Fair’s theme is “Tennessee Proud.” Read More
  • Celebration announces host hotel for Tunica Fall Classic

    The Celebration is pleased to announce that they have selected The Gold Strike Resort and Casino to again serve as host hotel for the Tunica Fall Classic, scheduled for November 2-4, 2017.  Read More
  • Bob Nelms passes away

    The Report has recently learned of the passing of Bob Nelms. Mr. Nelms is the father of walking horse trainer, Robert Nelms of College Grove, Tennessee.  Read More
  • Maverick fights his way to the top

    He’s had a solid, steadily upward moving career that’s landed him so close more than once. Finally, the nine-year-old stallion — with the help of his tenacious owners, a dedicated trainer, and a supporting staff of many — earned the roses. Read More
  • McConnell honored as Trainer of the Year

    Many would say that this trainer loves his profession and has a lifetime of dedication promoting this great breed. This gentleman has trained and shown some of the best horses that this industry has ever seen. He is a master showman that enters the show ring with a competitive spirit and passion to win. Read More
  • Goodness Gracious - Maverick Helps Bring Back That Feeling

    In a word … enthusiasm. That’s how many described the overall sentiment and success of this year’s 79th annual Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration, where classes were deep, quality was high and even history was made while tradition preserved. Read More
  • Thomas honored with humanitarian award

    In conjunction with the family of the late Evan Lloyd Adamson, The Celebration presented one of its most prestigious awards, the Evan Lloyd Adamson Humanitarian Award, to Mark Thomas. The award is named in honor of the former Celebration ringmaster, association member, and director.  Read More
  • Farewell to number 1026

    We have an honored tradition at the Celebration. It’s time to pay tribute to an individual who is living part of Celebration history. Tonight, we again mark history, as we have for all previous World Grand Champions. We officially retire this back rider number from further Celebration competition.  Read More
  • Auxiliary honors U.S. Rep. Scott DesJarlais

    Each year the Walking Horse Trainers’ Auxiliary presents its merit award to someone who is actively helping the walking horse industry. This year, that award is presented to Congressman Scott DesJarlais.  Read More