Oklahoma legislators discriminate against animal activists
Even if I might have personal disagreements with the methodology of an animal rights organization, I can recognize a bigger problem that’s beyond my own philosophy when I see one. Yesterday, the Humane Society of the United States announced a repulsive piece of legislation that has passed through the Oklahoma House of Representatives in an almost two-to-one vote. The bill proposed throwing the first amendment rights of the animal rights movement out the window, by preventing animal rights organizations from soliciting citizens for donations that might go towards the investigation of animal agriculture.
To give you an idea of what kind of hold animal agriculture has on the state of Oklahoma, the Oklahoma Pork Council reports that the state is ranked 8th in the entire United States. Farmers are lobbying, with a huge success rate, to limit investigation behind the walls of their farms and slaughterhouses.
In a statement from the Humane Society, the eventual results of such legislation are discussed, and it’s enough to make Americans nervous.
H.B. 2250 is demonstrably unconstitutional, and amounts to a waste of taxpayer money to clog the courts with this content-based restriction on speech. The bill if enacted could open the door to restrict the work of other philanthropic organizations—including health organizations and churches who support in-state work as well as missions overseas to help the poor and the needy.
Would that be so shocking in a red state that exists in a region whose legislators continue to attempt to marginalize minorities and women?