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People Don't Want HSUS in Nebraska
Gov. Dave Heineman stood strong on past comments about The Humane Society of the United States' presence in Nebraska Tuesday at a forum hosted by the Lincoln County Cattlemen.
"We will kick their butt out of Nebraska," he said. "We don't want them in Nebraska. They don't represent our values."
Heineman was one of four speakers at the forum at the Lincoln County Fairgrounds that addressed what Heineman calls HSUS' intrusion into Nebraska agriculture. The North Platte Area Chamber and Development Corporation's agriculture committee also hosted the forum.
"[HSUS is] anti-agriculture," Heineman said. "You don't need someone from Washington, D.C., coming to Nebraska to tell you how to raise your animals."
Heineman has fought since 2010 to keep HSUS from coming into Nebraska, though he said he expected HSUS to try to put a ballot initiative before voters in the near future.
Michael Kelsey, executive vice president of the Nebraska Cattlemen, said he expects HSUS and its supporters to go after standard ranching practices, such as branding, de-horning and calf castration.
"They are coming after branding," he said. "There's no bones about it. They are."
Kelsey referenced legislation in other states that sought to change the way people raise poultry and pork.
"If they come after pork and poultry, it won't be long before they come after us. And they are," he said.
Heineman, along with Willow Holoubek, director of the Alliance for the Future of Agriculture in Nebraska, and Michele Ehresman, executive director of We Support Agriculture, urged groups such as the LCC and the chamber, as well as producers, to continue to educate people about the importance of animal agriculture.
"Help us get the message out," Ehresman said.
She said that producers need to be proactive about educating all people about the importance that agriculture plays in the food industry as well as Nebraska's economy.
"This is about our American way of life and the HSUS wants to destroy the dream for farmers and ranchers in this country," Heineman added.
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