HumaneWatch.org Criticizes the Humane Society of the U.S. for Pushing Misguided Ban on Vet-Approved Sow Housing.

On Monday, HumaneWatch.org, a project of the nonprofit Center for Consumer Freedom, is running three full-page ads in The Star-Ledger, The Times of Trenton, and The Trentonian highlighting veterinarian support for the use of individual maternity pens in sow housing and revealing the radical animal liberation group behind the misguided legislation that will hurt New Jersey farmers. The ads come on the heels of news that the New Jersey State Senate will vote today to override Governor Chris Christie’s veto of legislation that would have banned the use of individual maternity pens (IMP), which are widely used across the pork industry to safely house pregnant pigs.

The Trentonian and Times of Trenton ads read, “Who do you believe: Vets or Vegans? A vegan animal liberation group, the Humane Society of the United States, is pressuring New Jersey legislators to surrender to its radical anti-meat agenda by passing legislation that will harm pork farmers and drive up the cost of bacon. HSUS wants to ban the way most farmers safely house pregnant pigs.” The ad concludes by listing the names of 200 veterinarians, including swine health management experts certified by the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners, who agree farmers are acting humanely in using IMPs to house pregnant pigs.

The Star-Ledger ad lists a litany of scandals that have plagued the vegan activist organization in recent years, including CEO Wayne Pacelle signing a check connected with an alleged witness-payment scheme that is central to ongoing federal racketeering litigation, as well as six members of Congress having called for an IRS investigation into HSUS.

“Despite propaganda coming from the deceptively named Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), the American Veterinary Medical Association and the American Association of Swine Veterinarians both find that housing pregnant pigs individually is an option that provides for animal welfare,” said Will Coggin, CCF’s Senior Research Analyst. “Governor Christie was right to veto this unnecessary legislation. The use of individual maternity pens, an industry standard for livestock care, has already been approved by the New Jersey Department of Agriculture, and upheld by the state Supreme Court.”

Despite its name, the Humane Society of the U.S. is not associated with any local pet shelters. In 2011, the animal liberation group gave just one percent of its $127 million budget to help pet sheltering organizations care for animals in the U.S. In New Jersey, the group gave just one grant for $5,000 to a local pet shelter. In the same year, HSUS socked $2.4 million away into its pension plan, spent $2.6 million on lobbying, and spent nearly $50 million on fundraising-related expenses.

“It’s ludicrous that a group of lawmakers are choosing to devote such a great amount of time to override Governor Christie’s veto given the current state of affairs in New Jersey,” continued Coggin. “New Jersey lawmakers shouldn’t kowtow to the radical PETA types of the Humane Society of the U.S. When it comes to the care and safety of swine, veterinarians and farmers know best.”