HSUS - NO FRIEND OF SMALL AND ORGANIC FARMERS
“True friends stab you in the front.”
That quote by author C.S. Lewis alludes to the idea that a true friend would address an issue directly to you instead of making remarks ‘behind your back’. This probably can’t be applied to the ways in which animal rights groups deal with their so-called “friends” in agriculture, mostly small and organic farmers.
One widely held myth about animal rights organizations is that they are simply anti-big-agriculture and fight for the rights of aforementioned small farmers. Nothing could be further from the truth.
Let’s start with the obvious: HSUS, PETA, and other animal rights groups disagree with ALL animal and ‘conventional’ agriculture, not just the larger farming operations.
Humane Society of the United States CEO Wayne Pacelle said once that, “We have no problems with the extinction of domestic animals. They are creations of human selective breeding.” He went on to explain that he and his organization disagreed with the idea of using animals at all in our food and agricultural systems.
See, it doesn’t matter if you farm on one acre or a thousand, HSUS will demonize you for using an animal or a conventional method of food growth, completely disregarding the world’s need to increase food production for our constantly expanding population.
It’s not just owners on farms though, these organizations are against ownership of cats, dogs, birds, ferrets, horses; any animal that can be a pet, they are against it. Why? Many of them believe that these animals are the moral equivalent of humans, and should have our rights.
As nonsensical as it sounds, these people don’t want any connections with animals (no matter how humane we take care of them). When considering organic vs. large-scale agriculture, they don’t care who you are and what you practice. Someday, they will come to take your rights away.
When they ask for help from the organic farming community, they are using a divide and conquer technique to cause havoc in the agriculture world. For instance, HSUS’s Rural Development and Outreach Program claims to “celebrate traditional farmers and ranchers who live up to high animal welfare standards”, forgetting to mention that their definition of ‘traditional farmer’ is one who plays by their rules. They stock their Agriculture Councils with only organic farmers who share their viewpoints. It’s fake outreach, a way to get one foot in the door of agriculture without considering multiple views.
This in effect splinters agriculture into two camps. It pits small and organic farmers against all other farmers, because they realize that with a united agriculture front they have no chance of advancing their radical agenda.
We should be standing together, as one people and community, to combat radical ideologies that threaten our ways of life. Instead, many people are bending to the will of Washington D.C. lobbyists because they think that if they help them now, maybe they won’t continue their crusade against agriculture in the future. This. Is. Flawed. Logic.
They will never stop until agriculture as we know it is destroyed. Their own website details their pursuit of federal regulation for every single farmer.
Any success for them in this arena is viewed as a step forward towards the end of animal ag altogether.
Just look at the HSUS staff: all events that they have catered are 100% vegan, and their CEO urged all of their employees to go vegan when he took over in 2004. They have also pursued ballot measures all over the country that have had negative effects on farmers, ranchers, and consumers across the nation.
Some of their top leaders have claimed that humans who use animals are no better than Nazis, and that “There’s never an excuse to kill and eat an animal.” Or, “Eating meat causes animal cruelty.”
We marvel at how these broad statements can be released from the tongue so easily. How can it be so simple, so encompassing, an ultimatum that puts the lives of animals above those of our own species?
It could be a philosophical question, but not the one you would think. As we have shown the importance of meat to human diets, the question becomes not how you value the lives of the animals (although value for their welfare should be practiced) but how much you value the lives of your human brethren.
In that light, the answer is obvious. We have a duty to protect the well-being of animals, yes. We even have a responsibility to take care of them in a humane fashion. However, seeing as we are the caretakers, we have to put ourselves above them. They are not our equals, they cannot have our rights.
That is the fundamental difference between us and HSUS (other than the fact that they steal money, pay off witnesses, and support animal cruelty – but that’s a different story). We advocate for the protection and care of animals, they advocate for animal rights and the end of domesticated animals altogether.
With this in mind, it is imperative that HSUS’s true intentions be brought to the forefront. Their agenda is a threat to ALL farmers and ranchers, while we continue to defend ALL farmers and ranchers against the systematic destruction of their means of food production.
Until that time, the animal rights industry will continue its attempts to divide us.
So now, when Right to Farm amendments are introduced in states around the nation, small and organic farmers are actually being forced to choose sides.
Should organic farmers stand with us and promote the rights of farmers, or side with HSUS and animal rights organizations who want to end the use of animals altogether?