The U.S. House Committee on Agriculture has passed a new five-year farm bill, HR 1947, that includes language prohibiting states from limiting the import of agricultural products from another state based on that product’s means of production. The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) strongly opposed the language, which was contained in an amendment offered by Rep. Steve King (R-IA) and passed on a voice vote.
It was just such legislation that the greyhound racing community defeated earlier this year in New Hampshire, where an initiative driven by Grey2KUSA and the HSUS would have forbidden the import of racing simulcast signals from states that do not require public reporting of greyhound injuries at racetracks.
Misinformation pours from Grey2KUSA like water from a broken fire hydrant, so it’s not unusual for us to shake our heads at the fanciful scribblings of the organization’s co-founder, Carey Theil. But Carey’s May 9 blog, “Saving Greys,” contains so many completely false statements that it sets a new record, even for him.
The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) and other animal rights groups are up in arms over a bill introduced in the New Hampshire legislature that would require any persons recording cruelty to livestock to report the animal abuse and submit the recordings to law enforcement authorities within 24 hours of the video’s creation. The HSUS claims that New Hampshire House Bill (HB) 110 would impose a “gag” on whistleblowers trying to expose animal cruelty. In fact, there is nothing in the bill that prohibits the shooting of undercover video, or imposes penalties for doing so.
Grey2KUSA has rolled out a new fundraising pitch for greyhound adoption. But don't get too excited. They're not actually raising money for adoption programs. They're raising money to "teach young people about the cruelty of dog racing."
It's the same old "bait and switch" from Grey2K. After catching flack from AGC and others for its constant attacks on mainstream greyhound adoption groups, Grey2K launched its own "adoption program"--a new website providing links to dozens of organizations that actually do the work of placing retired racers in adoptive homes.
When the American Greyhound Council (AGC) Board of Directors approved a budget of $70,000 for 2013-14 adoption grants at its annual meeting in February, board members didn't immediately realize that they had reached a milestone. With the new allocation, the total amount of grants funded by AGC for adoption since 1997 passed the $1.1 million mark.
The grants are used for food, medicines, bedding, collars, leashes, transport or other costs associated with preparing and placing greyhounds in adoptive homes. Grants also are available for capital improvement projects by special request. Prior to 1997, the AGC relied on outside organizations to screen and select grant recipients. Since the direct grant program began in 1997, the AGC has made more than 700 grants directly to adoption groups from coast to coast.