Elections always produce some big winners and some big losers.
According to the Washington, D.C.-based Center for Consumer Freedom, on its web site HumaneWatch.org, the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) was a big loser last week.
HumaneWatch says one major loss for HSUS was the defeat of Measure 5 in North Dakota, a ballot initiative to make certain forms of animal cruelty a felony. HSUS’ lobbying arm spent more than 675 thousand dollars in support of the measure, but it was defeated by a 65 to 35 margin.
Another example cited by Humanewatch is the Fourth District congressional race in Iowa, where HSUS made Representative Steve King its major target in his race against former Iowa first lady Christie Vilsack. The Humane Society Legislative Fund spent upwards of a million dollars to oppose King, insinuating he supported dogfighting. In the end, King beat Vilsack by eight percentage points.
Steve King agrees that his victory was a big defeat for HSUS.
“They are the ones that I think are—in addition to Christie and Tom Vilsack—are the big losers,” King says. “They put a million dollars into this race against me—a million dollars—in order to advance their vegan agenda by driving another agenda and trying to make this race about something other than what it was.”
King, a member of the House Agriculture Committee, says it’s proof that you can stand up to HSUS—and win.
“And when I go back to the ag committee and people shrink and fear that HSUS can take on and wound a candidate—well, we’re living proof that it doesn’t work,” King says.
“You always still have to tell the truth—at least to Iowans.”
King has been a frequent critic of HSUS. Earlier this year, he was successful in adding an amendment to the House version of the farm bill that prohibits states from regulating the means of production of agriculture products. King believes that is what prompted the HSUS attack ads against him in the Fourth District congressional race.
Audio courtesy of Dennis Morrice, KLEM, LeMars, Iowa