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March 02, 2016

Okla. House OKs Bill to Restrict Humane Society Fundraising

Oklahoma representatives approved legislation Tuesday that would ban animal-welfare groups from fundraising in the state for "political purposes," the Tulsa World reports. The measure would also restrict "animal rights charitable organization" from raising money in Oklahoma for use outside the state.

The House measure arises from a controversy over what critics of the Humane Society of the United States claim were deceptive solicitations by the charity following tornadoes in Oklahoma in 2013. It also reflects a larger dispute between the national animal-welfare nonprofit and the state Farm Bureau over the Humane Society's opposition to some intensive agricultural feeding practices, the World writes.