Governor Heineman has no intention of meeting with Humane Society of the United States president Wayne Pacelle, saying he doesn’t trust him.
Heineman has harshly criticized HSUS and Pacelle in the past, telling livestock producers they can’t trust the organization or its president. In December, the governor told the Nebraska Cattlemen convention that the HSUS is “…an organization you cannot trust and I do not trust.”
Pacelle called the remark “unfortunate” in an interview with Nebraska Radio Network and said he has offered to meet with Heineman in Lincoln.
Heineman isn’t likely to accept. Heineman also rejects Pacelle’s claim that HSUS has no underlying agenda to end livestock production.
“That’s simply not true,” Heineman tells Nebraska Radio Network. “They are out to destroy animal agriculture and they’re out to do harm to the foundation of our economy. And that’s why I don’t trust him, because again his past actions reflect something different than what he really says.”
Rumors have spread throughout the state that HSUS is preparing to place a ballot initiative regulating agriculture on the ballot in Nebraska next year. Heineman considers any such initiative a threat, not just to the state agricultural economy, but to the state economy as a whole.
“We’re going to get prepared for that ballot initiative,” Heineman says, “and if they put it on the ballot, we’re going to defeat it.”