Gov. Says He'll Fight Animal Advocacy Group If They Try To Limit Agriculture

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

Gov. Dave Heineman says he will fight a national animal advocacy group "every step of the way" if its lobbyists attempt to curtail agriculture in Nebraska.

The Republican governor said Monday that he doesn't trust the
Humane Society of the United States, which has opened an office in
Omaha.

Some rural lawmakers and agriculture groups have voiced concern
that the group, which is not affiliated with local humane
societies, may try to push for stricter livestock welfare rules.

A group spokesman says the move to Nebraska was intended to help
small farmers gain access to markets dominated by large-scale
operations.

Heineman made the comments in a media conference call after he
announced dates for the annual Governor's Ag Conference. The event
is set for Feb. 15 and 16 in Kearney.


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