In the Palm Beach Post article “Cerabino: “Humane treatment” of greyhounds triggers NRA alarm in Florida” staff writer Frank Cerabino wrote:
The Florida Greyhound Association tried to get the measure, which would become Amendment 13, thrown off the ballot. The group was temporarily successful when Leon County Circuit Judge Karen Gievers ruled that the ballot language was too deceptive.
“In short, proposed Amendment 13 is misleading and inaccurate and incomplete, while adding up to a ‘hide the ball,’ ‘fly a false flag’ and outright ‘trickeration,’ ” the judge wrote.
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But it was another objection Gievers had to the ballot language that caught the attention of the NRA.
Gievers wondered if voters would even realize that in the fine print of this Amendment, the “humane treatment of animals” would become a “fundamental value” in the state constitution.
Gievers’ ruling was overturned this month by the Florida Supreme Court on a 6-1 vote. The majority of the justices took issue with Gievers’ strong condemnation of the measure’s wording, finding that “the ballot language does not mislead voters with respect to Amendment 13’s scope.”
The following information was sent via email to NRA members by the NRA Political Victory Fund:
Amendment 13, while claiming to stop betting on greyhound racing, has a hidden agenda that could lead to a ban on hunting and fishing.
Animal rights extremists are pushing this amendment to establish a legal foothold in the Florida Constitution that can be used to ban legitimate activities involving all animals — including pet ownership.
Amendment 13 includes the phrase: “The humane treatment of animals is a fundamental value of the people of the State of Florida.”
The above language will not appear on the ballot BUT IT IS IN THE AMENDMENT and it is dangerous.
The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), is the lead organization pushing for Amendment 13’s passage. HSUS opposes hundreds of common and traditional activities involving animals because they claim they are “inhumane.”
In fact, the list of activities HSUS and other animal extremist organizations find objectionable is huge and includes hunting, fishing, farming, animal husbandry, marine parks, owning an animal as a pet. That’s what this is really about.
Many believe the first action of these extreme animal rights groups will be to immediately seek bans on hunting and fishing.
Make no mistake, training, owning and using working dogs including military dogs, cattle dogs, seeing-eye dogs, companion dogs, police dogs, or any animal that gives aid, protection, safety or comfort could be challenged as “inhumane” if Amendment 13 passes.
If you own an animal that has become a member of your family, watch out for Amendment 13. It could shatter your way of life if some animal rights organization decides to challenge the right to own an animal or have an animal in your home or on your property by calling it “inhumane.”
Your absentee ballot will be arriving soon and whether you are voting absentee, early voting or at the polls on Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018
VOTE NO to Amendment 13
Amendment 13 needs to be defeated to protect your rights and the preservation of true animal protection in the field and at home.
Floridians must understand the long term potential impact of any Constitutional ballot initiative.