Monday, April 5, 2010

4-H catching heat for HSUS presentation

It is appalling to learn that 4-H opened their doors to HSUS. How can 4-H leaders be unaware of the massive attack by HSUS on animal ownership?

April 5, 2010 by Ken Anderson Brownfield Ag News

The national 4-H organization is catching heat for allowing the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) to make a presentation at the National 4-H Conference in late March.

The focus of the conference’s workshops was supposed to be civic engagement, community service and youth volunteerism. However, some of those who sat in on the HSUS presentation say the material was more focused on HSUS’ goals related to animal rights and animal welfare.

Many state 4-H organizations are scrambling to separate themselves from the controversy. For example, the Kansas 4-H Youth Development Program has issued a statement emphasizing it does not agree with the values supported by HSUS.

In a statement posted on its Facebook page, the national 4-H organization defended its decision, saying that HSUS’ proposal for a workshop presentation met the guidelines set for the conference. It says the HSUS workshop was approved by the planning committee, quote, “because the proposal aligned with the goals of the 4-H Conference and did not present any indication of anti-animal agriculture views or positions.”

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