The president of the Humane Society of the United States says that the group has no plans to push a ballot initiative in Nebraska next year.
HSUS President Wayne Pacelle says he has repeatedly stated HSUS has no plans to place an initiative petition before voters in 2012.
“I don’t know how many times I can say it. We’re not doing a ballot initiative in Nebraska in 2012,” Pacelle tells Nebraska Radio Network. “We never said that we were.”
Pacelle says that he has assured Governor Heineman HSUS will not conduct a ballot initiative on agriculture issues next year. He denies that his statement is in conflict with that of his state director as asserted by the governor in an interview with Nebraska Radio Network.
“We never said it. We never contributed to the notion that it would be advanced. And I have emphatically stated we’re not on multiple occasions,” Pacelle insists.
Pacelle tells us he can only speculate that his presence at a town hall meeting in Lincoln last November sparked rumors the group would push an initiative. He says he came to Nebraska on the invitation of a cattle rancher who is a member of HSUS for an opportunity to sit down and talk with leading agriculture groups about livestock practices. Pacelle claims that HSUS only pushes best practices in agriculture and has no intention to seek the end to livestock production.