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Out-of-State Animal Rights Groups Bankroll Michigan Ballot Issues

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Out-of-State Animal Rights Groups Bankroll Michigan Ballot Issues

According to the Associated Press, an anti-hunting group has raised more money this year than any other entity working to pass a ballot issue in the state of Michigan. Other issues heading for the 2014 ballot include abortion funding, hydraulic fracturing or “fracking,” and changes to Michigan’s ballot qualification process. Yet when combined, those issues still don’t come close to the amount of money that has poured into Michigan to overturn legislation that would allow for a wolf hunt.

A group operating under the name Keep Michigan Wolves Protected has already raised more than a half-million dollars. A closer examination of the funds raised by the organization reveals that the organization is largely the puppet of the nation’s wealthiest animal rights organization, the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS). Of the $568,000 raised by the organization so far, three-quarters comes from animal rights groups, including HSUS and its affiliate the Doris Day Animal League (DDAL).

To date, the Humane Society of the United States has contributed $198,000, while the DDAL, which merged with HSUS in 2006, donated another $200,000. HSUS chipped in an additional $143,000 worth of in-kind services, which are items the campaign won’t have to pay for because HSUS picked up the costs. Both the Doris Day Animal League and HSUS are based in Washington DC. – See more at: http://www.ussportsmen.org/antis/out-of-state-animal-rights-groups-bankroll-michigan-ballot-issues/#sthash.BuqaSNqc.dpuf

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