HSUS' disturbing TV commercial in North Carolina

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The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) targets a so-called “ag gag” bill in North Carolina in a new television commercial.

The bill, called “The Commerce Protection Act,” would make it unlawful to make false statements on a job application (such as when an animal activist applies to work at a farm to investigate the farm). 

Click here to view the commercial.

Earlier this month, HSUS President and CEO Wayne Pacelle sent a letter to the North Carolina Chamber of Commerce, urging the Chamber to withdraw its support for the bill. 

The Chamber of Commerce, meanwhile, stands by the bill, saying it “strengthens employment fraud prevention.”

“When an employer offers employment to an applicant, the employer has made a good faith commitment and will probably make a significant financial investment in educating and training that applicant,” the statement said. “If an applicant misrepresents his intentions in order to obtain employment for other purposes, the employer has lost that investment and the opportunity to employ another applicant who is interested in employment, and the employer is thus damaged.”

Read the statement here.

North Carolina is the latest state to draw ire from animal-rights activists by considering an “ag gag bill.” Tennessee recently received national attention after lawmakers passed a bill that would have limited the animal abuse reporting time frame. Both clergy and celebrities, including Carrie Underwood, led the campaign against the bill. Ultimately, Tenn. Gov. Bill Haslam vetoed the bill.

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Andy Carlson    
MN  |  May, 29, 2013 at 09:43 AM

Why in Heaven do we in ag continue to insist on using the propanda language of our opponents? ("Ag Gag") These are "Animal Protection" bills that require timely reporting of abuse much like "Mandatory Reporter" requirements that teachers and health care professionals must adhere to. I can understand HSUS using that language, not Dairyherd Network.

Canada  |  May, 29, 2013 at 10:36 AM

I find it very telling that all comments on the HSUS youtube video have to be approved before they are posted. Something tells me they won't post any comments that are contrary to their opinion.

IL  |  May, 29, 2013 at 12:12 PM

Blocked from leaving a comment ?? Guess they don't like farmers to tell them it should be reported in less than 24 hrs or the person doing the recording is helping abuse the animals.

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