Humane Watch says the Humane Society of the United States was “crushed” in the election last week.
In North Dakota, HSUS and its lobbying foundation spent more than $675,000 in support of a ballot measure to make cruelty to dogs, cats and horses a felony. The measure failed 65% to 35%
In Iowa, HSUS spent $750,000 opposing Rep. Steve King, who it said supported dogfighting. King won re-election.
In Arizona, HSUS spent $100,000 to defeat U.S. Senate candidate Jeff Flake (R) and failed.
In Tennessee, it failed to unseat Rep. Scott DesJarlais (R).
In Pennsylvania, HSUS state director Sarah Speed lost her bid for the state house.
“In all, HSUS and its legislative arm spent bundles of money and came up empty,” Humane Watch says.
There’s no word of the losses on HSUS’s website.
In his post-election blog, HSUS CEO Wayne Pacelle called on President Obama and Congress to enact more than 10 animal welfare reform measures. One would end taxpayer subsidies to the pork industry. Pacelle argues that when the Obama administration gave subsidies to automotive industry it called for higher fuel efficiency standards. “It should give no more money to the pork industry until it develops a transition plan away from gestation crates,” Pacelle writes.
It sounds like there is still plenty of fight in HSUS.