HSUS Backs Employment Deception in NC

NCLegislatureHSUS is madder than a wet hen at the North Carolina legislature. What has HSUS so worked up? North Carolina’s statehouse recently passed a bill that could crack down on HSUS “investigations.”

The Property Protection Act was passed to protect businesses from those who obtain a job to attack their employer. The bill’s purpose is to make it unlawful to seek employment at a business if you have no intention of holding the job, but are instead using the position for (what essentially amounts to) espionage.

While the bill applies to all industries in North Carolina, HSUS is taking this very personally because it will potentially outlaw one of its favorite pastimes—sneakily getting hired onto farms and surreptitiously shooting video.

HSUS claims that this bill is an attack on “free speech,” but one can only buy that claim if you also believe that HSUS’s operatives are actual “whistleblowers.” They’re not. The people who HSUS scatters in farms throughout the country are not there to objectively report on the treatment of animals. Rather, they are sent into the field to collect footage (that is sometimes heavily spliced together) that can be used to attack farms. There’s one particularly noxious instance where HSUS sat on footage it had for months before turning it over to authorities. That drew the ire of New York Times columnist Joe Nocera. Listen to our interview with one former HSUS investigator to learn more.

But North Carolina’s bill isn’t just important for the farm industry, it’s important for all industries. Infiltrating companies is more common than we might imagine, and it could occur for a number of reasons.

Last year Mitch Modell, CEO of Modell’s sporting goods chain, was hit with a lawsuit by competitor Dick’s Sporting Goods. Dick’s alleged that Modell pretended to be a senior executive at Dick’s and was able to obtain access to his rival’s backroom storage areas. Modell’s undercover mission allegedly allowed him to get a behind-the-scenes look at his competitor’s business model.  The lawsuit accused Modell of civil conspiracy and trespassing on “nonpublic” areas of the store. The lawsuit was resolved with an undisclosed settlement.

The bottom line is this bill is common sense. Businesses are private property, and we do not have the right to walk onto private property under false or deceptive pretenses any time we see fit. Let’s leave the investigating to the police, not folks with an agenda.

Posted on 05/21/2015 at 5:22 pm by HumaneWatch Team.

Topics: Animal AgricultureGov't, Lobbying, Politics


  • myscreeenname

    I do not support most of what they do, but I support this bill. There is a lot of abuse going on, and documenting it is the only way to save the animals and bring the abusers to justice

    • David

      I believe myscreeenanme has his views flipped. It appears this person thinks passage of this bill is good for HSUS deceptive practices.
      It takes a lot of hours of tape for them to splice together just what they were looking for.
      More laws need to be passed that assure farmers are left alone.

    • fearnot

      amazing isn’t how little reading comprehension people have. meanwhile good bill let’s pass it

  • Betty Clouse

    Love this new law but my stupid State TN under Bill Haslam would never let a bill like this come to law he is a dictator Governor jackass and likes to tell people in TN what they are going to do or else. He is a super rich as*hole and should never ever been Governor I didn’t vote for this corrupt indoor along with Carl Dean. So glad the mayor will be gone soon !! I’m beginning voting fraud is running ramped in TN!!!

  • Lucinda Jezzebelle Blackletter

    Applause. This needs to be done in every state. Its not just HSUS that does this, its the smaller groups also. We always referred to it as “shopping”.

  • JenellYB

    I would add to the deception for purpose of espionage, sabotage as well. AR and “humane” group operatives have been known to actually participate in, create, the abuse/neglect scenes they film as evidence. This absolutely should be made law every where, at Federal level would be the best.

  • Clear Thinker

    It sounds like the government seeks to codify business/employment fraud. Good.

  • Barry Taylor

    The State of Maine should do this along with every State, stop hsus in their tracks and show who they really are and what their agenda really is.

  • John W. Chapman

    Most of the effort and thought have been, in the past, directed toward preventing EMPLOYER fraud against consumers and employees. Seems natural that eventually someone would get around to fraud by the other parties.

    It may end up being trimmed due to the NLRA.

  • Bill S
  • Arnold Taylor

    Oh grow up stupid.You ever been outside a city park?Nothing more then an ALF spewing radical animal rights retard.

  • Adam

    Great news! I wish Ohio would do the same. We need to keep them off our farms.