The more you know about Wayne Pacelle and his lackies at the HSUS, the more he seems like a character straight out of HBO's "Game of Thrones" (or George R.R. Martin's "A Song of Fire and Ice" series on which it's based). His ambitious, ruthless and intricate schemes to control the future of American agriculture would make a Lannister proud.
Take Pacelle's recent salvos against America's pork farmers and cattle ranchers as a prime example.
The whole episode started with HSUS's successful take-down of California's egg industry back in 2008 with Proposition 2. Prop 2 will force California's egg producers to go cage free, dramatically driving up the cost of eggs and crippling California's egg producers.
HSUS used this victory to bully the United Egg Producers into agreeing to push for new federal regulations on cages for egg-laying hens. This deal would lead to unprecedented federal control over the day-to-day operations of American farmers.
Not surprisingly, most of American agriculture reacted strongly against the proposed rules, fearing that it would lead to eventual federal interference in the operations of all farmers and ranchers.
Two of the leading groups attacking the HSUS scheme were the National Pork Producers Council and the National Cattlemen's Association. Their work helped keep the HSUS-penned regulations off the Farm Bill.
Apparently, Mr. Pacelle and HSUS didn't appreciate their involvement.
Recently, HSUS filed 51 notices of intent (NOIs) to sue hog farmers over trumped-up allegations of environmental violations. This was a clear move to get NPPC to back-off.
Then, in an even more blatant move, HSUS funded a lawsuit against the beef checkoff explicitly to get NCBA to "stay in its own lane" and not interfere with HSUS's attempt to control America's egg production.
So, the lesson here is clear. If you dare mess with Pacelle's attempt to control (and ultimately end) America's animal agriculture, he'll go straight for your throat.
A tactic any Lannister would appreciate.
For "Game of Thrones" aficionados out there, we leave you with this awesome rendition of "Rains of Castamere".