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
Activist groups like the Humane Society of the U.S. and People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals garner the most attention and headlines in the battle against livestock productions. But a wider faction of groups dedicated to anti-modern, anti-capitalist, anti-technology agendas that don’t include high-yield agriculture in their vision are taking center stage and finding some success, as evidenced by the recent controversy over lean finely textured beef....More
One of the leaders of a new coalition of farmers, ranchers and hunters says they are "willing to play more aggressively" against radical animal rights groups, including the Humane Society of the U.S. (HSUS)....More
The question posed by this headline is buzzing in blogs in the agricultural industry and sportsmen’s rights groups. The anxiety stems from Santorum’s backing (and, when in the U.S. Senate, sponsoring) bills animal-rights groups are advocating, but that agricultural groups and sportsmen’s organizations oppose....More
Every agricultural organization out there has to be a little envious of the Humane Society of the U.S. (HSUS). And it’s not just because of the group’s ability to amass huge sums of money and attract members, but its ability to claim and hold the moral high ground – whether it’s deserved or not....More
Media hype has created another wave of hysteria among American consumers. The latest rumor targets beef, with journalists accusing food chains like McDonald’s of using "pink slime" in their hamburger patties....More
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), an organization known for its uncompromising animal-rights positions, killed more than 95% of the pets in its care in 2011, charges the Center for Consumer Freedom (CCF). Is this what PETA, an organization of self-proclaimed animal lovers, calls “caring for” and “saving” animals?...More
Animal rights activists and environmental zealots are at their best in the courtroom and on a voting ballot. These groups actively work to pin farmers into a corner with hidden videotapes, often including acts of violence perpetrated by the activists themselves. They aggressively work to capture petition signatures, endorse candidates who support their initiatives, and push forward ballot initiatives to regulate farmers and ranchers out of business. Think these things will never happen in your state? Think you’re immune? Think again....More
The United Egg Producers (UEP) and Humane Society of the U.S. (HSUS) are focusing their efforts this year on congressional passage of the Egg Products Inspection Act Amendments of 2012.
The legislation will require egg producers to double the cage sizes for their laying hens – among other things. It’s part of an agreement between the UEP and HSUS that supposedly will end HSUS attacks on the egg industry.
Mayor Pat Carson, of Turkey, TX, recently refused offers to temporarily change his town’s name to “Tofurky” or “Barbecue, TX,” and instead has secured a deal from Pork Barrel BBQ to change its name to “Tofurky Barrel BBQ” for one day if PETA agrees to match Pork Barrel BBQ’s $1,000 donation to three Turkey, TX, charities....More
HumaneWatch, a project of the nonprofit Center for Consumer Freedom (CCF), has unveiled a new billboard in New York’s Times Square criticizing the Humane Society of the U.S.(HSUS) for its deceptive fundraising practices....More
Recently, the nonprofit Center for Consumer Freedom (CCF) pointed to the 2010 “Watchdog Report” from Animal People News, which determined the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) spends 50¢ of every donated dollar on continued fundraising and additional overhead costs....More
The governor of Nebraska, Dave Heineman, is sending a strong message to the Humane Society of the U.S. (HSUS) —if the animal rights group goes after the state’s livestock industry, it’s in for a fight....More