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HSUS Says Ranchers Don’t Care About Animals


HSUS visits Nebraska ranching country to report that livestock owners don’t have animal care in mind.

Do ranchers really care about their livestock, or is it just all about the bottom line? I believe it was fellow columnist Andy Vance who once wrote about how ranchers were getting a “martyr complex” when it comes to animal welfare. In a nutshell, his column dealt with how ranchers were complaining on social media about having to save newborn calves from the snow and mud during calving season. Vance reminded readers that this is our job -- much like a fireman or police officer might do. We do what we do because we are in a business; it financially makes sense to care for our animals, right?

Even though this column was written more than two years ago, it’s one I haven’t forgotten. While I certainly get his point, I wasn’t particularly impressed with his musings that day. No offense to my respected writing colleague, but I think it was the wrong column for me to read on that particular day in April 2011. We were in the thick of calving season at that time and, earlier that morning, I had checked on a cow that had calved in a dry spot outside. The calf was up and sucking and all looked great when I initially checked her. The new calf was even a bull, and I was thinking he might make a new herd sire for our operation.

A few hours later, I bundled up in coveralls, boots and hat once again, and hopped on the four-wheeler to do another calving check. I saw the cow that had calved earlier, but no calf. As I neared the cow, I found trouble. The cow had moved her calf to a muddy spot close to the hay feeder in the big lot where she had calved. In a freak event, the calf had sunk in the mud and was stuck. In an effort to get her baby to stand up, the cow had butted her calf, but to no avail.

The calf’s nose was bloody, and he was chilled. As the snow pelted my face and the icy wind blew, I could tell I didn’t have much time to save him. I worked to get the calf out of the mud. It weighed about as much as I did, and it felt like we were in quicksand.

Once I extricated him from the mud, I heaved him up onto the four-wheeler and cradled him tightly in my arms as we rushed to the barn where I could give him better attention, and hopefully save his life. The cow dutifully followed, and both were soon in the calving barn, bedded with fresh straw and sheltered from the cold, biting wind.

Despite my best efforts, the calf died within the hour. Heartbroken and probably more than a little bit tired after the weeks of nighttime checks of the herd, I cried in the barn and cursed Vance’s column, which I had read earlier that day.

I wasn’t thinking about the money I had just lost when that calf died. I was thinking about the loss of life. Seeing the light drain from a new calf’s eyes is an experience I don’t take lightly. I don’t care how long you’ve been in the business, a loss on a cattle ranch is more than just a line on the balance sheet. We do this, not because it’s a get-rich-quick scheme, but because we truly love it. Sure, it’s nice to make money, but I bet for a lot of folks, including myself, it’s so much more than that.

The reason I tell this story and refer back to that column isn’t because I’ve been harboring some resentment to Vance’s tough-love words of wisdom. It’s because there are many folks outside of this industry who are being led to believe that we don’t care about our livestock -- that animal welfare isn’t a part of the very fiber of our beings.

Last week, the Humane Society of the U.S. (HSUS) held a town hall meeting in Nebraska. HSUS CEO Wayne Pacelle showed up in a designer plaid shirt, jeans and sneakers to try to level with the rural community members he would be speaking to that night. (Photo from

Only one rancher showed up to that meeting. You can read his thoughts on the meeting here. To sum it up, he was extremely disappointed that more folks didn’t show up to have a conversation with HSUS and share our side of the story.

I think his disappointment is warranted, especially after hearing what Pacelle told the audience. According to, Pacelle opened his comments by talking about how he supports some farmers and ranchers and that HSUS isn’t against animal agriculture.

Okay, Wayne.

But, in the next breath, Pacelle slipped up and shared what he really thinks about animal welfare. Pacelle told Nebraska TV, “Animal welfare may not be central to the psyche of farmers.”

I’m absolutely disgusted by his comments. HSUS is doing nothing more than conducting a libelous smear campaign with no merit.

Animal welfare is top priority to me, as I’m sure it is to my peers in the business. If we didn’t care, well, we would probably just plow up our pastures and plant some corn. After all, there are a few more bucks to be gained in crops vs. livestock these days, so if it was all about money, there would be far fewer cattlemen willing to save calves in a blizzard.

It’s time we balance the conversation and respond to statements like this one made by HSUS.

Perhaps I’m blowing things out of proportion, but my bet is Pacelle has never taken care of a house plant, much less a herd of beef cattle. And I will always stand by my statement that my cattle come first, no matter what. It’s very much a part of my “psyche.”

What do you think about Pacelle’s statements? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.


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rex (not verified)
on Jul 2, 2013

In typical HSUS fashion, the event was not on the groups HSUS organized Nebraska Agricultural Council webpage or the Nebraska Farmers Union webpage (the groups who supposedly set the event up) but the TV cameras were notified.
Kevin Fulton's organic grassfed meat market must be a bit off despite all the HSUS support because his webpage now says he does custom grazing.

Ed Fowler (not verified)
on Jul 2, 2013

Common on - you as ranchers know that we only care about the bottom line, how much money can we get out of each cow, each blade of grass, it is the bottom line that keeps us on the land, Profit!!

Never mind the tear in my eye about the ewe I lost lambing last week due to a torsion of the uterus that I failed to diagnose immediately.

Do not notice the far away look in my eye as I see favorite dogs, cows and horses still in my pasture even though they have been gone for over 20 years.
Don't notice the favorite cows I ran a few extra years after they quit reproducing just because we shared some fond memories.

Never mention my weekly visits to my favorite horse's grave and the times I sit on the ground and talk to him.

Do not notice the old crippled horse that like me has aged beyond his best days, yes he stays and we visit.

At night they visit me in my dreams and I am grateful that somehow they were more important than my accountants questions.

But I am too tough and find the bottom line too important to let it inter fear with the decisions I make daily.

Mark Boardman (not verified)
on Jul 2, 2013

I am part of your team. I go there most everyday. A graveyard for great horses, bulls and dogs. Extra pasture for old and crippled horses that served us well and won't ever leave. You have to 'live it to understand it". Money drives HSUS not love of livestock.

Mark Mulhall (not verified)
on Jul 2, 2013

Let's stop the stupid stuff. Do ranchers/farmers care about their animals? YES!

Did cameras help identify two Boston Marathon bombers? YES. How about pinpointing the whereabouts of Usama bin Laden? YES, cameras were used..

Cameras are good. Banks and security folks love them. That's how Timothy McVeigh's rented Ryder truck was spotted and he was convicted of the Oklahoma City bombing.

Do you think politicians are against cameras recording their wonderful deeds? The trick is this: don't do stuff you are ashamed of doing..

on Jul 2, 2013

Amanda keep up the good work -- we need to be informed. Appreciate your passion and recognizing the need for conversation outside the ag community.

Jackie Nan (not verified)
on Jul 2, 2013

Lets murder and eat dead animals,puts lots of money in ranchers pockets.
I watch the farms near me,the cows in 100 degree heat and more as we are having a heat wave right now,The cows have nothing but hot dry.and dusty dirt to lay down on.
You call that caring!!?
,I know good folks who rescue living calves that have been left for dead at the side of roads.

When I go to see the cows,I feel like I'm part of a horror movie.:(

If it wasn't for HSUS keeping a watch out for animals,the cruelty would be even worse than it is now..I bless and support Kevin Fulton and HSUS.

Tom Smith (not verified)
on Jul 2, 2013

"rescue living calves that have been left for dead at the side of roads"? A baby calf is worth a couple of hundred dollars where I live. People need to understand the habits of livestock. A cow will often leave a baby calf alone, lying down and hopefully hidden from predators, while she goes to drink water or graze better grass. She will return at intervals to allow the calf to nurse, and move it to a different location. After a few days, when the calf is old enough, it will join the herd. I have caught people in my pastures trying to catch and "rescue" a calf that the mother had "abandoned" near the road. This isn't rescue, the mother will walk and bawl for days and I will walk or ride a horse for hours searching for the calf that was stolen. That's right: STOLEN. And often the "rescuers" don't have the least idea of how to feed and care for the calf. This is abuse, not "rescue".

on Jul 10, 2013

Jackie Nan thank you for your post as you have just showed the ignorance of the animal rights groups. If you knew anything about mommy cows and calves you would know that the cow left that calf on purpose to go graze and water, that's what cows do with a newborn until it is several days old and old enough to travel, thank you so much for reveling that many animal rights "folks" because of their ignorance are nothing more than cattle thieves and trespassers which comes with a hefty federal jail sentence. And the cows have nothing but the hot dry dusty dirt to lay on....Really.... OMG I can promise you one thing those cows are tougher than you ever thought about being and what is your solution to that, a orthopedic mattress!! I thought you animal rights "folks" were all about letting animals live in their natural environment, which would be, well lets see, the ground!!!

Anonymous (not verified)
on Jul 2, 2013

I'm really sick of the National HSUS.. Yes, we absolutely care about the welfare of our cows, horses, dogs, cats, land. I also volunteer for a national dog rescue and get a view of dogs in need from all over the country. Believe me, we take WAY better care of our cattle than many take care of their dogs and cats and HSUS puts almost NO money(something like 1 or 2%) into shelters and rescue efforts...a shameful group of hypocrites that prey on others through ignorance and emotion to get their money. They continually need to be exposed so people will give/volunteer or adopt from a reputable shelter or rescue to help dogs/cats in need instead of giving to these folks. They have not given me one reason to respect them.

on Jul 2, 2013

Here in Northern Ireland we heard the same old thing after the worst snow in living memory. Farmers were up all day doing their normal chores and fighting through unimaginable snowdrifts to rescue those animals still alive and recover many dead (over 30,000 sheep and lambs). they worked from when they got up till they got back to bed worse off financially than when they rose only to be accused of whinging by certain members of the public. Most other people get paid overtime or their wages still get paid if they turn up for work, even if it is impossible to get work done. Farmers had to continue to feed stock in impossible conditions, in soul destroying circumstances and collapse into bed at night physically exhausted and financially worse off. we don't work just for money but we do need a living!

Bea Elliott (not verified)
on Jul 2, 2013

But what would one think of a fireman who rescued someone and then put them in another fire? Or a policeman who intervened a mugging --- But then turned around and mugged the victim instead? Sure animal ag may "do good" for nonhumans from time to time such as help a cow with her calf, but in the end all that good is undone when those beings are sent to have their throats slit. It all appears self-serving then doesn't it?

I'd like to remind the readers hear that there are countless sanctuaries that care for nonhumans round the clock. They bottle feed orphans, raise funds for surgeries, build barns for additional shelter etc. for animals that they'll never betray.

Laurella Desboroughonymous (not verified)
on Jul 2, 2013

BEA Elliott, you are an animal rights person. I read your comments in other locations and they always reflect the animal rights agenda. You are one of those sanctamonious arm chair animal "advocates" who knows nothing of the real work of serious animal professionals, whether they are raising cattle or dogs or birds or herps. You just want to push the AR agenda. Well, we are all tired of it. The majority of the public are not animal rights folks. Thank God for that. Yet, the majority are constantly fed this Disneyland pap about animals so that they have no real appreciation for the work of farmers and cattlemen. HSUS leaders are total hypocrites...take in money supposedly for animal care yet only ONE PERCENT goes to animal care!

MaKayla (not verified)
on Jul 2, 2013

Is there some type of public notice for these "meetings"? If I would have known HSUS was going to be in Nebraska, I would have been there.

Janice (not verified)
on Jul 2, 2013

@Bea, your clueless when it comes to farming. Evidently your a Vegan huh. Most of the country still loves a good steak and they don't just come from the grocery store.

elizabeth (not verified)
on Jul 2, 2013

I am not an animal rightist and I make my money off the land. I do not slaughter cattle and I especially abhor horse slaughtering for profit. However I treat my animals and companions with great care, and earn just enough to keep going. Everything I do is for the animals and I appreciate people who are stewards of the land. Yelling and belittling people who have chosen not to eat meat or who oppose animal slaughter does nothing to help either side. certain Blood types like A should not eat red meat at all so as to avoid cancer while others like Type O are able to eat red meat with little harm in general. Each is an individual choice so the real question is how people treat animals that are going to be butchered for meat for money. Can you humanely raise them and care for them without stress and then kill them without fear at their death when they know and smell blood?

Anonymous (not verified)
on Jul 2, 2013

Amanda dear, I feel your pain. I have felt your pain for many years since I am of many years. I have been self rightous and indignet with PETA people at parties. I also have seen the "light go out" in a baby that I had just helped birth. Then had shoulder shaking sobs wondering why I couldn't save it. Critters have been in my new pick up truck on blankets and under the heater. They have been on the back porch with heaters, in the bathtub and on it goes. I have been plastered with snow to the point it was falling off in chunks trying to save a baby. I 'get it'. For the majority of us its not about the money as we are after a lifestyle. We have a old homesteaded ranch that we both are very proud of. But we are the aging population with no children. The animals were sold off of our ranch 2 years ago. My husband is just tired. So be of good cheer! I can still watch animals graze. Now we rent out our beautiful large, grassy, well watered pastures. We work all the time on the fences. We do not want to be the ranch that falls into disrepair. Since this ranch is a 'no brainer' easy ranch to operate in the summer time it should be a piece of cake. Since the drought has put and still is putting many ranchers in dire straights leaving some to sell their herds we were sure someone would do right by us, their cattle and our beautiful grassy ranch right? Wrong. To my horror I have seen the other side and am now pasturing some starved and bald Nebraska cattle that prove what the "other side" talks about. The bottom line. Since the man said he was 7th generation raising the 8th, raising registered Angus cows I was excited. Here comes the old saying no matter how flat you get a pancake there is another side. This is the side that Mr ******** saw and was talking about. When I saw these registered cattle coming off the truck into our corral at dark by the headlights I was stunned. I was trying to do a health evaluation. What was wrong here? Did they have lice? Did they have a disease? YET, I was holding health papers from a licensed DVM from Nebraska. My heart fell and I wanted to cry at the condition of these cattle. Was I just about to allow something bad on the ground of our pristine pastures? We haven't even seen a sheep tick for 30 years. I wanted to yell stop put those embarrassing critters back on the truck and get them off our place! Then I thought of those cows. Some of them were so bad off they staggered off the truck and laid down. The truth is they had been abused, had very little poor quality feed and they needed a break if they were going to survive. They needed to be here more than any other cows I had seen in my life. They had been fed just enough to keep their calves going and the calf was draining the life out of the cow so they were skin and bone. The poor cow was so miserable that she was rubbing her hair off like a parrot plucks out its feathers leaving it naked. Then I was glad those cows were here. I was happy that the man was here until he has not listened to us on how to work out pastures and has already eaten his fall feed. There is soo much grass and is very well watered front to back and side to side its hard for anyone to make a mistake! Yet and I say very sadly if we get snow in the high country before its time for him to leave those poor cows are doomed to a fate of no feed again because of the bottom line. Maybe this was the kid's (30 yrs) wake up call. Maybe he will become our best grazer and start treating his cows and our land better. Maybe he will sell his new pick up truck and buy feed for his cows. Maybe.

W.E. (not verified)
on Jul 2, 2013

With any decision we make, we always ask first, “How would this work out in the world of nature?” (Which is, of course, the only real world.) Out in the human world, all kinds of people own animals, including caring, experienced, hard-working, tired old folks like you—the writer of this heartfelt blog entry—and me, another old-timer. There are young folks who have generations of experience to lean back on (like Amanda, for example) and then there are young folks (like your renter, apparently) who need education and guidance. And unfortunately, there are greedy old coots who have lived a lifetime and still care more about the bottom line than they care about quality of life for anyone or anything other than themselves. It's sadly obvious from reading some posts on this website how very ignorant many of the writers are about the realities of grazing animals. Getting the message out that livestock and pets are very different creatures is getting tougher all the time; most non-farmers have never experienced the very real difference between the psychology and purpose of herd animals like cattle, and pack animals like dogs. Nor do they consider that domesticated cattle would not exist if they had not been feeding mankind for 10,000 years or more. For me, an even tougher reality is that far too many farmers and ranchers who think they want to be cattlemen, like your 30 year old renter, do not know enough about how grass and soil and livestock and the cattleman must work together in symbiosis. So they abuse and overuse their pastures and end up with hungry cattle. If you think he might read it, you might try getting this young man a copy of a good book on Management Intensive Grazing, or maybe a subscription to the Stockman Grass Farmer. Reading about how to manage our pastures holistically started turning our farm around. We have been using MiG for over 25 years. Pastures that have improved through grazing and resting over the years have humus deep enough to resist the effects of drought and store moisture for months—so greatly improved are they, in fact, that those pastures carried our much expanded herd through 2012, the worst drought here since the Dust Bowl. This year those pastures made the biggest hay crop we have ever harvested and are ready to graze again. The bottom line isn’t our driving force. Profit is only the facilitator, as we herdsmen are only the facilitators of that symbiotic relationship between topsoil, grass, cattle and ourselves. If we want to change the world for good, we will all need to learn to work with nature in a whole hearted way instead of manipulating and manhandling it for profit.

Tana Beckstead (not verified)
on Jul 2, 2013

Thank you as always Amanda for your input! I love your articles. American farmers and ranchers need to attend these meetings and tell their side of the story and wouldn't it be nice if the media would listen to the farmer for once instead of always taking the side of the the National HSUS! I too have spent many nights and bitter cold days making sure that these calves survive and are cared for! We are feeding American people and other countries-don't you people understand-without the American farmers and ranchers you would all starve! It is very sad that in order for the National HSUS to get their point across that they have to try and defile everything good that we work so hard everyday to do. Shame on you HSUS!!!!!!!

wes metzker (not verified)
on Jul 2, 2013

Amen Amanda!!! Keep up the good work and fighting for us cattlemen or cattle women,keep us informed, so we too can help you fight, together we we STAND, divided we fall. your not alone with your passion and love for raising cattle.

Charlie Powell (not verified)
on Jul 2, 2013

"It’s time we balance the conversation and respond to statements like this one made by HSUS."

I disagree. It is time for animal agriculture to LEAD the conversation and not wait to respond. As long as the industries settle to be reactive versus proactive, the volume and negative impacts of disinformation and accusations increase. Until we steward our consumers optimally and quit relying on a respected business model that has diminished numbers and clout we risk it all. Remember Henry Ford supposedly telling his market they could get any color Model T so long as it was black? Try that in today's auto industry. Change is the only constant in all human constructs. The animal industries are no different.

Second, before we wag the finger of hypocrisy at others, take a close look around. We all know that the economy of scale has created a business model that is more industrial that husbandry. A 250,000 head feedlot has little time to treat an individual animal as well as most, but not all, producers do because the "product" has a finite value at slaughter and once illness or injury makes it ineligible for slaughter, disposal quickly becomes a cost that can only be minimized.

At the same meeting where this page ridicules something as petty as his clothes, Pacelle also said, “The producer follows the retailer.” Understand this is a key tactic for HSUS, to make your retailer tell the wholesaler who tells the producer how products will be made. When retailers get to the scale of McDonald's and Wal-Mart, that's when the industries are in danger. Just ask the egg folks...

W.E. (not verified)
on Jul 2, 2013

Amen, Charlie Powell. Grazing ruminants are the only animals that can't be born and raised industrially. They must be born on independent farms where their mothers graze grass. It is the industrial model that has convinced so many cattlemen that they have to calve their cows in the wintertime, so that their calves will be just the right size to go to backgrounders or into the feedlots. If the calves stayed at home on familiar pastures and grazed good grass until ready for harvest, their mothers could calve naturally with little interference at the same time as wild ruminants. Then their caretakers would not have to worry so much nor work so hard taking care of calves during snow storms. So are you, like us, an industry drop-out--an independent grass-farming cattleman? We raise our steers entirely on pasture and hay, entirely at home. We market them individually to individual consumers and deliver them to the processor ourselves in groups of two to eight at a time throughout the green season. These steers lead good lives, happily kicking up their heels when we open each new paddock. They get no antibiotics, no steroids, no hormones, and no grain because they need none of those things. Our customers thank us and many come back for another steer year after year, with praise for the beef and gratitude for our methods. Holistic management and direct marketing make getting up in the morning much easier than worrying about margins and transportation costs, death losses and livestock markets that want only black cattle. We love our animals, and we love our work. We even got great satisfaction (in retrospect) seeing how well our land and our cattle survived the worst drought since the 1930s.

Anonymous (not verified)
on Jul 2, 2013

I think Wayne should be invited to a Montana or North Dakota cattle Ranch with at least 500 head of cows for a year's cycle to work on the Ranch and get paid at hired man's wages and live in a hired man's house provided by the owner so he can get some real life experience in the cattle business. Perhaps he should also spend some time working in a beef packing plant on maybe even in a feedlot environment!

Anonymous (not verified)
on Jul 2, 2013

You would not have to save calves from snow and mud if you calved in sync with nature as elk, deer ,antelope and all other native species do.

Heber Hammon (not verified)
on Jul 2, 2013

I have thought the same things about working in the cold and rain to save calves and lambs. When I was in college, I worked for the college farm working sheep. On April 24, my birthday (my wife was home waiting with a special meal) we got hit by a huge storm. I only had a six hour shift but the snow was deep and my relief guy wasn't knowledgeable about sheep. End of story, I worked an 18 hour shift in frigid, wet snow and didn't loose a single lamb. I was being paid but that isn't why I did it. I have had lambs, calves, colts and such born in the wet cold and have gone to great lengths to save them. Fortunately I have an understanding wife who will put up with lamb in the bathtub while I rub them down and warm them up. I love the life but I had to work off farm to make a living. I just like doing it. Thanks for the column.

Terry Church (not verified)
on Jul 2, 2013

If HSUS is so interested in the well being of livestock, where are they in the middle of the night or in the snow and ice at calving time. They're at home in their nice warm beds with no concerns, and not giving up their sleep. We the Farmers and Ranchers don't really give up things to take care of our animals. When you care about your animals you're not giving anything to take care of their needs.
We're up at all times of the night and in all kinds of weather caring for our animals. We feed in all types of weather, care for the sick or injured, check on calving cows no matter the weather or time of day or night. Some may say why do all this, Because We Care!!!
I've seen my wife pull her coat off in 20 degree snowy weather and put it on a new calf to help get it warm while being moved to the barn.
I've seen my teenage son lose his boots in the mud trying to rush in to help me get a new calf out of the mud, and he never even slowed down even though he had lost his boots.
I've brought a calf into our home and into the bath to clean up it up and get its body temperature up where it had gotten into a marsh place on a cold rainy day.
I know lots of other cases were farmers have done what ever it takes to try to save the life of their animals.
Who Cares? We the Farmers and Ranchers do!!!!

Doug (not verified)
on Jul 3, 2013

Hey Amanda, Thanks for the shout out.

HSUS has done a better job of listening to us than we have listening to them. For years we have made the comment that we do the things we do because it makes us profitable. Wayne uses that against us now, by pointing to us and saying "see, they view their animals as units of production" Makes it easy for him to lead people to conclude that we don't care. HSUS heard the comments about profit loud and clear. So they worked to get the retail end to, for example, only sell pork from operations that do not use gestation crates. Change the market place, which changes the economics, then changes the practices.

A little correction. The shirt Wayne is wearing in the pic is not what he wore Thursday night. He wore that on a farm tour Friday morning. On Thursday he was dressed business casual

I've thought a lot about this meeting during the last week while making hay. The fact that the livestock boards, not their membership, chose not to represent us producers made one thing clear to me. It is up to each individual to be involved in this. There are different ways we can do this. One I'll point out is we need to really improve our communication skills. That night I was blown away by how well Wayne could portray his message. He's a great speaker. I found him easy to approach and talk to, he smiles a lot, himself and Kevin were polite and professional.

Last thing. I learned that it pays to be objective. My blog post has gotten thousands of hits. It has circulated among the livestock producers and HSUS supporters. I have not had one negative comment or email. I'm not saying I made a difference, I'm just saying that everyone has been respectful about what I wrote, and that surprises me

on Jul 3, 2013

Thanks for the update on the meeting. I really appreciated your comments, and I think your blog was a wake up call for many. Thanks for all you do.

Anonymous (not verified)
on Jul 3, 2013

This I AM ANGUS segment by Bernie Rollin says it all

Shelley Powers (not verified)
on Jul 5, 2013

Notice how the author stresses Wayne Pacelle's "designer" plaid shirt? It's items like this that undermine the credibility of the work. From what I can see, it's a plaid shirt. End of story.

But the "designer" is inserted in a rather poor attempt to trigger an emotional reaction from the reader—necessary when you have no facts to back up what you're saying.

And then to quote HumaneWatch—an organization everyone knows is funded by large agricultural interests to undermine efforts to ensure more humane handling of livestock.

But go ahead, and persist in your little echo chamber of self-serving beliefs. As long as you don't undermine the US Constitution with your flagrant ag-gag laws.

If you all were smart, you'd read the writing on the wall and work with reasonable organizations like HSUS. It's a heck of a lot better than hitting a "pinkslime" media event that can trash your bottom line.

Anonymous (not verified)
on Jul 5, 2013

Charlie Powell- Have you ever heard of a pen rider? A pen riders sole purpose is to ride each pen and observe/pull any sick cattle. How about the guys that do nothing but clean water tanks? Or the guys that do nothing but drive a feed truck? What "non-industrial" enterprise can afford to hire a workforce whose sole purpose is nothing but cattle care? Wag your finger all you want but the only hypocrisy is your own.

Anonymous (not verified)
on Jul 5, 2013

Jackie-I would be glad to allow you to built an air conditioned barn for my cattle to use during those hot days. You could even buy me an air conditioned tractor or gator because im outside caring for those animals on those 100 degree days too.

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