February 12, 2016

State senator calls HSUS “dangerous”

Sen. Larson

The president of the Humane Society of the United States is raising the ire of Nebraska farmers, ag leaders and the governor.

During his book tour of the Midwest, Wayne Pacelle is calling for better treatment of farm animals and the need for a “humane economy.”

State Senator Tyson Larson of O’Neill says the comments are a concern.

“They’re a dangerous group that wants to influence agriculture in a negative way,” Larson says. “I’ve taken a very hard stance against the Humane Society of the United States and will continue to do so and continue to work against them, especially if they have a ballot initiative in the next two-to-four years which I think they’re really looking at in Nebraska.”

Larson successfully sponsored a state meat inspection bill in the last session of the legislature, which could also lead to a new horse slaughter facility. He says that could be in danger if the Humane Society gets its way.

“They went after the poultry industry in California and the dog industry in Missouri and they’re after the pork industry in Ohio,” Larson says. “They come in one at a time and say, ‘We just want a compromise on this one issue,’ and then all of the sudden, they’re looking at every other issue as well.”

Larson says he believes the HSUS wants to sharply curtail animal agriculture.

Jerry Oster, WNAX, Yankton

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