The defeat of Measure 5 in North Dakota is “an incredible blow” to the animal rights agenda of the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), according to the chairman of the Missouri Farmers Care Coalition.
The Coalition, which was formed in opposition to an HSUS-backed puppy mill ballot initiative in Missouri, offered its help to North Dakota’s Animal Stewards on a ballot measure there that would have made it a felony for crimes against dogs, cats and horses. Pet shelters, vets and ag commodity groups in North Dakota support their own proposed animal welfare legislation.
Voters defeated Measure Five, 66 percent to 34 percent.
Don Nikodim, with Missouri Farmers Care, says HSUS is critical of his group sending a staff member to help the North Dakota group and donating $6000 to oppose measure 5. But, he says, the HSUS and its lobbying arm (HSLF) invested at least $676,000 to oppose the measure, 93% of which came from groups outside North Dakota. Nikodim calls their criticism “hypocritical.”
Nikodim says “North Dakota has struck an incredible blow” to the HSUS by defeating Measure 5 “so convincingly.” Nikodim is also the executive director of the Missouri Pork Producers Association.