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HSUS to Plan USDA Forum
Nov 07, 2011
On November 2, U.S. Senator Jerry Moran (R-Kan) exposed the actions of the Human Society of the United States (HSUS) and future partnership on an educational forum with the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). On the Senate Floor, Moran submitted for the record an USDA memo signed by Undersecretary Edward Avalos authorizing the Department of Agriculture Animal Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) to conduct an animal welfare scientific forum to be planned by HSUS. Yes, He said HSUS- An organization whose agenda is to end animal agriculture.
“My goal is the abolition of all animal agriculture."
---JP Goodwin, employed at the Humane Society of the US, formerly at Coalition to Abolish the Fur Trade, as quoted on AR-Views, an animal rights Internet discussion group.
In his address
on the Senate floor, Moran eloquently puts the facts on the table:
“The ironic thing about this forum is that there’s little science involved. It is nothing more than, in my view, the Department of Agriculture spending taxpayer dollars on a forum to provide the Human Society of the United States [HSUS] a public forum to espouse its anti-agricultural views. The document speaks for itself in this regard, and on page two the document states that APHIS, the Animal Plant Health Inspection Service, Representatives believe that the Humane Society’s intent is to promote and position the organization to be recognized nationally as influencing APHIS policy on critical and sensitive welfare issues.”
Furthermore, he continues
“After reading that statement, it becomes clear that the Department of Agriculture is catering to an outside organization instead of relying upon the advice of animal scientists at our land grant universities or even within the Department of Agriculture. If the Department of Agriculture was interested in science, why would it allow an animal rights organization to steer its agenda?”
No one is against the APHIS organizing an Animal Welfare Scientific Forum. In fact, farmers-ranchers-general public could all use Good Education based on real Scientific FACTS and not hidden agendas. As Senator Moran carefully points out the memo invites HSUS and other welfare advocacy to the planning table. The memo does not mention inviting one representative form agriculture industry or animal scientist from land grant universities or within the USDA.
In addition, Moran also took the education on the subject matter one step more. He explained to his fellow Senators and the world the TRUTH about the HSUS:
“I think it’s important for most Americans to understand that HSUS is not your local animal shelter; HSUS is a national lobbying organization that spends most of its budget to lobby against farmers and ranchers that provide us with the food and clothing that we enjoy in this country. In fact, tax documents show that HSUS spends less than 1% of its budget on grants to animal shelters.”
Although, I have never met Senator Jerry Moran I know he is looking out for all American Farmers and Ranchers. He is a true Advocate for the agriculture community and freedom of choice to raise livestock allowing everyone to utilize all the great products animals produce from Meat to Insulation.
So in the words of Senator Jerry Moran, “This is one more demonstration that this administration is no real friend of rural America or the American farmer and rancher.”
This Illinois Farmer says “Thank-you-Senator Jerry Moran. "