After reading last week’s Farm and Dairy article about HSUS and Paul Shapiro, my curiosity got the best of me and I spent a couple hours on the Internet checking out its board of directors and came up with some interesting facts.
To my amazement, there is not one of these 15 people who list a degree in any kind or form of animal husbandry.
What gives them the right to dictate how a farmer with decades of experience raises his animals? For all of their education, not one of these people has as much experience with farm livestock as a ten year old 4-H kid and yet politicians and giant corporations tremble with fear of them.
Who are these people? Who are these dictators that have congressmen and women, senators, governors, and the CEOs of some of the world’s largest corporations bowing down and kissing their collective feet?
I have been raising livestock for more than 40 years and I have never yet heard a chicken complain about being penned up by itself. In a pen full of chickens there is a pecking order and while some enjoy being on the top, some others are on the bottom and don’t get enough to eat or drink and some of them are even pecked to death by their peers.
These facts do not seem to be very important when HSUS is grinding out publicity to bring in the donations. Of course there is its claim to fame: we stopped the slaughter of horses in this country.
Yes they did. Now horses are crammed into semi-trucks and boxcars and shipped to Canada or Mexico where even HSUS has no control over the method used to kill the horses.
With the cost of shipping so high, buyers are not paying much for horses. So to get rid of a family horse that the family can no longer afford to feed, they often just turn it loose in open country forcing the animal to fend for its self.
Most people will agree it is not right to something like that, but that is what’s happening. That basically amounts to HSUS causing the animal to starve to death instead of letting it be slaughtered in a humane manner. Nice job, HSUS.
HSUS is doing its best to destroy the most successful farming system in the world with their propaganda. Who do they think is going to raise their food supply if they succeed in their goals? Even the vegans they claim to be still have to have protein in some form or other, and some farmer will have to raise their soybeans and peanuts.
Of course, they can go back 10,000 years and try to find enough nuts and berries to survive on, but I seriously doubt if they have the skill, knowledge or willpower to continue their conquest of the world and survive in a situation like that.
Quaker City, Ohio
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