If you are not aware, one of the HSUS programs is to establish state Agriculture Councils in a poor attempt to have input on agriculture production and standards. According to their website they have established councils in 10 states that supposedly provide "guidance" on better, more responsible farming practices. Protect The Harvest sent a letter to these councils. Good reading. . .
I would like to start out by wishing you a good day, and to point out
that the following message is not meant to have accusatory or otherwise
menacing intentions. We realize that many of you are involved with your
respective state’s HSUS Ag Council because you sincerely desire to make
a positive impact on agriculture. We take very seriously the importance
of promoting and supporting the hardworking American farmer who
provides nourishment for American families.
A select group of you are even involved in animal agriculture. Meat
and dairy products are essential components of a well-rounded diet,
providing vitamins and nutrients that can’t be properly provided through
other means. We commend you for your service to the industry and for
the work you put in day in and day out to make a living while feeding
All that being said, there are many things you need to know about the
organization with which you have partnered. You may be aware of some of
the criticisms that have been leveled against them, but we want to
encourage you not to write this off — what is written below is very
serious and should be of critical importance to you as a food producer
Within this letter, we hope to have consolidated some of the most
vital information about HSUS and its leaders as it directly pertains to
your way of life and your ability to make a living doing what you love.
Please carefully examine the following information about your “friends” at the Humane Society of the United States:
1) The Humane Society of the United States is a
Washington, D.C. special interest group that was originally formed to
unite the animal rights movement under a single banner. Their interest
in modern animal agriculture is to see it done away with and nothing
more. Sure, they have their state directors and other outreach
personnel (you’d know far more about these people than we would), but
their higher-ups likely see you as nothing more than a stepping stone to
furthering an agenda laid out a long time ago. They’ve realized that
their legislative efforts have been futile in recent years as they’ve
increasingly encountered strong opposition to their attempts to pass
policy favorable to their cause. Therefore, they’ve moved on to
appealing to farmers and ranchers on a more personal level.
That’s where you come in. The idea is that good people like you might
be attracted to a message that they think you want to hear, and that in
response, you will take what they’ve taught you and spread it on to
your fellow farmer or rancher and your customers.
2) You might think that HSUS is putting its
money where its mouth is, or at least where their donors would assume it
is spent. Let’s examine that for a second. In 2012, for example, HSUS
generated $125 million dollars. Of that money, $42 million went towards
fundraising and $44.3 million was spent on salaries. Do you know of many
non-profits that spend such an exorbitant amount on fundraising or have
such an expensive workforce?
Both those numbers are higher than the amount they spend on advocacy
and public policy — the issues they must be telling you are of utmost
importance to them, because of how important it is to you.
No, that would interfere with the bottom line. They spend so much
money and resources just to make more money, which is the same reason
why they don’t bother to correct donors who have the misconception that
they are associated in any way with local Humane Societies. In
actuality, they have absolutely no affiliation with them nor do they
allocate more than 1% of donations for that cause, yet they happily
benefit from exploiting this name association.
3) In its own “Statement on Farm
Animals and Eating with Conscience”, HSUS reveals its true beliefs about
food and your chosen profession and way of life. Outlined in that
document available on their website is what they call their “Three R’s”:
Reducing the consumption of meat and other animal-based foods;
Refining the diet by eating products only from animals who have been
raised, transported, and slaughtered in a system of humane, sustainable
agriculture that does not abuse the animals; and Replacing meat and
other animal-based foods in the diet with plant-based foods.
We’re not sure what they are telling you or how they’ve explained
that your involvement with their state Ag Council will benefit you as a
farmer or rancher, but if you’re at all involved in animal agriculture
and you’re a member of one of HSUS’s Ag Councils, you are working for an
organization that is actively seeking to reduce demand and dry up the
market for your goods.
4) Most people aren’t quick to name Humane
Society of the United States among others when asked to think of radical
animal rights groups. They have been careful to watch what they say in
public to avoid the kind of controversial radicalism that has cratered
the credibility of outspoken groups like PETA.
However, HSUS has absorbed some of the smaller, more radical animal
rights organizations and brought some of their staff with them. When
HSUS brings staff over from the extreme animal rights groups, those
individuals may begin to project a different image than their former
cohorts who stage protests and resort to property damage to convey their
message, but it would be foolish to assume they check their radical
ideology at the door.
5) Much has been said here in the hopes of
helping you see exactly who it is that you are working with, but we
can’t say it any better or more convincingly than HSUS’s leaders have,
in their own words.
More of the letter at Protect the Harvest