OUR TOP TEN ARTICLES OF 2015
Animal rights groups, Washington D.C. bureaucrats, and anti-conventional agriculture activists were certainly at the forefront of many issues the past year. Access to affordable food has been reduced, and America has become less prosperous as these people have sought for greater restrictions on many of our freedoms. We mention this not to start off the new year on a sour note, but in hopes for a better future as we all work together to defend our way of life. At Protect The Harvest, our mission is to INFORM, PROTECT, RESPOND. The first part of that statement is especially important. We work to inform you of the threats posed. With that in mind, we'd like to run through the top ten stories (in terms of total page views) of the last year. 10) Will USDA & HHS Use Sound Science on Red Meat in 2015 Dietary Guidelines? Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell used a lack of proper nutritional science in forming their decisions on their 2015 Dietary Guidelines, especially pertaining to red meat. Many considered this a result of Vilsack's bias against animal agriculture due to his ties to Humane Society of the United States (HSUS). 9) PETA 2: The Youth Movement PETA2, PETA's youth-based website, works toward creating and fostering animal activist beliefs in children. It easily targets these kids with bright colors, celebrity involvement, games and more; meanwhile, the bizarre messaging of hate and humiliation converts many of them to the radical vegan lifestyle. We highlighted this branch of PETA and how it is yet another example of how PETA fails to live up to the "Ethical" approach it advertises. 8) The American Horse Crisis Feral horse overpopulation in the American West has led to drained resources, and pain and suffering for these animals. The only reasonable solution to this problem is to reopen horse processing facilities in the United States. However, activists and government officials have stood in the way of this approach despite it being statistically proven that reopening these facilities would ensure a thriving horse population for generations to come. 7) Understanding the Animal Rights Movement Animal rights groups have gained powerful influence in our country. In this series of articles, we detail their histories, connections, financials, and legislative/legal battles. 6) (Un)surprising Results of an Animal Rights Group’s Dairy Farm “Investigation” Earlier this year, the animal rights group Mercy for Animals released video shot at a dairy farm in Colorado that supposedly detailed abuse against cows. Unfortunately, the video raised several questions, including why they chose to sit on the information for two months instead of contacting authorities immediately. If this abuse had been witnessed firsthand, these individuals should have acted instead of prolonging abuse. The question we pose: Should investigations like this one be forced to report their findings 24 hours after finishing and/or register with the proper authorities beforehand? 5) Hypocrisy with a Side of Guacamole: Chipotle’s Campaign against Agriculture Chipotle has been featured in the media quite a bit in recent years for its attacks on modern agriculture. The recklessness in which they criticize the safe farming/ranching practices that are helping to feed the world is sad and infuriating to the hardworking individuals who dedicate their lives to this industry. The worst part is that Chipotle profits greatly from this campaign of misinformation. 4) A Right Worth Protecting in Oklahoma Right-to-Farm amendments have become an essential defense from the growing number of attacks on farmers and ranchers brought about by out-of-state special interest groups. Oklahoma, a frequent target by groups such as HSUS, is the latest state to consider such an amendment. In 2016, Oklahoma citizens will decide whether the long-term future of agriculture is worth protecting when they vote on State Question 777. 3) HSUS Sues to Stop Oklahoma Attorney General’s Probe into Group’s Fundraising Practices In January of 2015, Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt was sued by HSUS in order to block his investigation into their fundraising practices in his state following devastating tornado strikes in 2013. This is nearly unprecedented, as they essentially sued to avoid having to turn over their documents to his office. What were they going such great lengths to hide? 2) California’s Bad Egg Bill Set to Crack U.S. Economy On January 1st of 2015, California's new "enriched cage" requirements on those producing or importing shell eggs into the state (Prop. 2 and AB 1437) went into effect. We predicted they would have dangerous consequences on egg producers and consumers all over the country, while doing almost nothing to help the chickens they are supposedly meant to. Over the course of the year, we have seen prices for eggs raise dramatically, eliminating a low-cost protein source for many families. 1) The Cold Creek Gather Controversy During late summer, Bureau of Land Management officials gathered over 200 wild horses at Cold Creek in southern Nevada due to extreme drought and lack of food. These horses were suffering from severe starvation and officials were forced to euthanize 28 horses which had deteriorating conditions. They could’ve been removed sooner and had their lives improved had it not been for interference by wild horse “advocates” who block horses from being removed from public ranges because they supposedly value the horses’ freedom above all else, including their health and well-being. __________________________________________________________________________________ We look forward to providing much more in-depth content in 2016!