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Nebraska: Ag coalition expects ballot battle with HSUS

The Brownfield Network reports that although the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) denies it will pursue a farm animal welfare ballot initiative in Nebraska in 2012, a coalition of state livestock and ag industry groups continues to prepare for that possibility.

Pork producer Mark McHargue of Central City is the second vice president of the Nebraska Farm Bureau. He is also Farm Bureau’s representative in the coalition that is developing strategy to counter a potential HSUS assault.

McHargue believes HSUS is planning some type of activity in Nebraska. As evidence, he points to a survey the animal rights group conducted in the state in early February. “Despite the fact that they said they weren’t interested in doing a ballot initiative, they’ve conducted a poll,” McHargue said. “So it’s just very clear to us at Farm Bureau – and the livestock groups – that we need to continue to push forward to confront HSUS and the efforts that they’re making in Nebraska to disrupt the livestock industry.”

According to a Lincoln Journal-Star report, the HSUS poll showed that 53 percent of those surveyed would support a ban on sow gestation crates, with 30 percent opposed to a ban and 17 percent undecided. And according to a survey summary, the responses showed a 65 percent favorable score for the Humane Society.

Nebraska Gov. Dave Heineman has taken a strong position against HSUS, saying there will be no ballot compromise with the group and that they will be defeated at the ballot box.

The Brownfield Network reports that although the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) denies it will pursue a farm animal welfare ballot initiative in Nebraska in 2012, a coalition of state livestock and ag industry groups continues to prepare for that possibility.

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Pork producer Mark McHargue of Central City is the second vice president of the Nebraska Farm Bureau. He is also Farm Bureau’s representative in the coalition that is developing strategy to counter a potential HSUS assault.

McHargue believes HSUS is planning some type of activity in Nebraska. As evidence, he points to a survey the animal rights group conducted in the state in early February. “Despite the fact that they said they weren’t interested in doing a ballot initiative, they’ve conducted a poll,” McHargue said. “So it’s just very clear to us at Farm Bureau – and the livestock groups – that we need to continue to push forward to confront HSUS and the efforts that they’re making in Nebraska to disrupt the livestock industry.”

According to a Lincoln Journal-Star report, the HSUS poll showed that 53 percent of those surveyed would support a ban on sow gestation crates, with 30 percent opposed to a ban and 17 percent undecided. And according to a survey summary, the responses showed a 65 percent favorable score for the Humane Society.

Nebraska Gov. Dave Heineman has taken a strong position against HSUS, saying there will be no ballot compromise with the group and that they will be defeated at the ballot box.

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