Commentary: 'Get your paws off our laws!'

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My pick for best bumper sticker so far in 2012 goes to Missouri Farmers Care for their “HSUS & PETA, Get Your Paws Off Our Laws!” sticker I saw a few weeks ago at their booth at the Missouri Governor’s Conference on Agriculture in Kansas City.  

The Missouri Farmers Care group has been leading the fight against the Your Vote Counts Committee, which has disclosed that the vast majority of their funding comes from extremist animal-rights groups and donors outside of Missouri.

In a press release from Missouri Farmers Care, Chairman Don Nikodim said the Your Vote Counts Committee is about “giving more power to out-of-state special interests like HSUS and ASPCA. These animal-rights extremists are just trying to make it easier to advance their anti-hunting and anti-agriculture agenda.”

A report on the Missouri Ethics Commission’s web site shows that the Your Vote Counts Committee received a total of $164,863.92 in monetary and in-kind contributions from out-of-state individuals and special interests groups. Animal-rights groups ASPCA and HSUS contributed $50,000 and $87,305.39 respectively. Only two donors accounting for $150 were from the state of Missouri. In total, 99.91% of the Your Vote Counts Committee’s funding came from outside of Missouri in the fourth quarter of 2011.

Read the full Missouri Farmers Care press release here.

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alice smith    
January, 28, 2012 at 12:49 PM

Great bumper sticker you can order tee shirts on line with the logo.. "Keep Your Paws Off My Laws" great to wear when visiting your local legislator or just to supermarket

Shelley  |  January, 28, 2012 at 11:18 PM

"Get your paws off our laws." Funny, but that's what were saying when special interests influenced the state legislators into overriding the vote of the people four times in the last legislative session. Four times!

USA  |  January, 30, 2012 at 01:17 PM

Thank You Mr. Newt Gingrich for taking away all that nice range land the ranchers were counting on for their cattle in Utah and Idaho. lyou Newt witch. Ohhh that should have been nitwit.

Texas  |  January, 29, 2012 at 07:20 AM

GREAT bumper sticker----I was watching pretty closely. Pretty certain they were overriding the will of people who were influenced by out of state rhetoric and slick ad campaigns compared to people who actually understood the law and what it actually did. People gripe about the economy and then support "sounds good" legislation that actually harms animals puts hard working people out of business--further destroying the economy.

Missouri  |  January, 30, 2012 at 09:36 AM

You do realize that hundreds of thousands of Missourians contribute to HSUS and the ASPCA making all that "out of state money" actually quite home grown.

Andy Meadows    
Wytheville, VA  |  January, 30, 2012 at 08:56 PM

Lena, "Hundreds of thousands of Missourians" donate to these organizations? Can you verify that estimate?

Frank Norton    
February, 02, 2012 at 03:30 PM

Hunting game has been for many Americans the basis for or suppliment for the familys food requirements. Today when so many people are underfed due to insufficient food production and distribution , hunting game becomes even more important today. There are many diverse thoughts over human and animal rights, wild animals and genetically bred animal rights, but since the Constitution does not give governemnt the right to own land, lands are therefore privately, or owned by the citizens, and hunting rules should govern their use.

Deborah Hesskew    
Center Point, Tx  |  February, 04, 2012 at 10:15 PM

I want one that says Texas!

Ron Treatise    
Alabama  |  February, 09, 2012 at 12:54 PM

Why frame this as an “Us against them” issue? You offered three links to corporate spin. Why didn’t you offer the perspective of the citizens’ initiative? Here’s what the group says about it’s effort (see: In recent years, state legislators have run roughshod over the voters by rewriting or tossing out laws we passed by initiative petition. We have the right in Missouri, as voters, to pass laws. And the legislature should respect those laws just as they expect us to respect the laws they pass. When our legislators regularly overrule the will of their constituents, the people, should the people just accept it? Our legislators are regularly bought and paid for, with some actually offering price lists (sorry, requested donation amounts) for votes on bills. Corporations are people only in the eyes of the US Supreme Court, headed by John Roberts, as a result of a distinction that they weren’t even asked to make. As a result of the corrupting influence of corporate money in politics, our Congress has a 10% approval rating. Are you suggesting that when legislators overrule the actual citizens in favor of a corporation that focuses only on maximizing profits, regardless to the expense of actual people, that we should just accept it? Cutesy rhymes on bumper stickers can trivialize our democracy, or what’s left of it. Is that what you really want to do?