The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) has launched a new membership drive in Nebraska.
In a news release, HSUS says the campaign is a response to what it calls “polarizing political figures in the state who mistakenly believe that Nebraska residents don’t support animal welfare.”
The announcement has reignited speculation that HSUS may be planning to pursue an animal welfare ballot initiative in the state. However, the state director for HSUS in Nebraska, Jocelyn Nickerson, tells Brownfield that is not the case. She says that, as part of their agreement with the Nebraska Farmers Union to establish an agriculture council for HSUS in Nebraska, HSUS has promised it will not pursue an animal welfare ballot initiative in the state—and Nickerson says they “absolutely” plan to honor that agreement.
Despite HSUS’ assurances, a spokesman for Nebraska’s livestock industry says they will continue to prepare for the possibility HSUS will pursue an animal welfare ballot initiative at some point in the future.
Pete McClymont is the president of the Nebraska coalition called We Support Agriculture.