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  • Jul 11, 2012

    Egg Producers Acquiescence To HSUS Is Worrisome 4

    The science of animal welfare is ever-evolving. That’s why a federally legislated approach to animal well being, such as that pushed by United Egg Producers and HSUS in the Senate version of the 2012 farm bill, just doesn’t make a lot of sense. Food producers can be much more responsive to new developments when their progress isn’t impeded by federal mandates....More
  • Jun 12, 2012

    Is All The Industry Buzz Over Animal Welfare Warranted? 6

    Is the North American cattle industry attaching too much significance to the animal welfare debate? Kee Jim, DVM, a founding partner of Feedlot Health Management Services (FHMS) Ltd., in Okotoks, Alberta, Canada, says animal husbandry is an important priority, but doesn’t warrant the amount of industry attention it’s currently generating....More
  • May 11, 2012

    HSUS Releases Another Animal Abuse Video 4

    If there is even some semblance of validity to the recently released HSUS video depicting animal abuse on a Wyoming hog operation, livestock producers should be abhorred. But while it makes sense to be skeptical about an organization that misleads the populace in fundraising regarding its operations and mission, a pork industry group concluded this week that the video is likely legitimate....More
  • Apr 23, 2012

    Calling All Carnivores: Is Eating Meat Ethical? 9

    Thousands of readers entered essays explaining the ethics of eating meat in a contest hosted by The New York Times (NYT). The panel of judges, which includes Mark Bittman, Jonathan Safran Foer, Andrew Light, Michael Pollan and Peter Singer, have narrowed down the essays to a final six. Today is the last day to vote on your favorite; don’t miss your chance to represent American agriculture and select one that most closely aligns with your views....More
  • Mar 22, 2012

    Why Is Eating Meat Ethical? 29

    Calling all carnivores! The New York Times (NYT) wants to hear from you! In a 600-word essay, a panel of judges wants to review why you believe eating meat is an ethical choice. This is certainly an interesting writing prompt, one that will surely ignite some passionate responses, and I hope you’ll take time to participate....More
  • Feb 9, 2012

    HSUS Is Effective In Misleading The Public 1 , which is affiliated with the right-leaning Center for Consumer Freedom (CCF), called on the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to open an investigation into the deceptive fundraising practices of the Humane Society of the U.S....More
  • Jan 12, 2012

    Saying Thanks, One Ribeye At A Time

    In this world, there are heroes, and there are terrorists. This blog post has both, and while bad news always supersedes a positive headline in mainstream media, I’m going to talk about the heroes first. More than $21,000 was raised at the Aberdeen Livestock Auction in South Dakota on Jan. 9...More
  • Jan 11, 2012

    How HSUS Uses Social Media To Derail Ranchers

    A wolf in sheep’s clothing, the Humane Society of the U.S. (HSUS) is PETA’s sophisticated, smooth, well-oiled, well-versed cousin....More
  • Dec 30, 2011

    A Mini-Controversy Brews In Nebraska

    It began this month when Nebraska’s Attorney General Jon Bruning made a controversial grant. The $100,000 grant went to a group that is a strong advocate for agriculture and is called We Support Agriculture. This group was created by the Nebraska Farm Bureau (FB)....More
  • Dec 27, 2011

    HSUS Sets Its Sights On The Beef Industry

    The Humane Society of the U.S. (HSUS) has been a focus of mine for some time. While I strongly support animal welfare, I am opposed to animal rights and, more specifically, to groups such as HSUS that try to cloud the distinction between animal welfare and animal right....More
  • Dec 16, 2011

    Confessions Of An Ideologue 1

    I’m on the mailing list for an email newsletter from a producer/food activist whose world view I largely detest because I feel it’s destructive to our industry and its long-term viability....More
  • Dec 12, 2011

    HSUS Zealots Leave No Stone Unturned

    The Humane Society of the U.S. (HSUS) is a busy organization -- lobbying to abolish animal agriculture and promote a vegan society. With its $130 million annual budget, they have the means to push forward influential campaigns, ugly lawsuits, slick ......More
  • Nov 1, 2011

    What Some Consumers Are Saying About You

    I openly cringed when I checked my email yesterday morning to find a letter from a consumer who is also a regular reader of my blog. Most of the time, I write to beef producers and fellow agriculture enthusiasts, but I also know activists, ......More
  • Oct 26, 2011

    Eric Schlosser Visits South Dakota

    South Dakota State University (SDSU) was the place to be Oct. 19, when investigative journalist and author Eric Schlosser spoke to a full house on campus. Schlosser is well known for his books, “Chew On This” and “Fast Food Nation,” as well as his ......More

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