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John Block Reports from Washington

RSS By: John Block, AgWeb.com

John Block has dedicated his professional career to the fields of agriculture, food and health.

Animal Agriculture

Apr 13, 2009

It is time to sound the alarm. If the agriculture industry does not come together and aggressively defend our interests, we will see our ability to compete in the production of food diminish every year.
 
Animal agriculture is under attack. More laws and regulations are introduced every day to tie our hands. We need to understand, the ultimate objective of the animal rights activists is not ethical or humane treatment of animals. I know a lot of people give money to the Humane Society of the U.S. I don’t think they realize the real goal of that organization. According to J.P. Goodwin, Grassroots Coordinator: “My goal is the abolition of all animal agriculture.”
 
We need to wake up. They shut our horse slaughter plants down. They want to release the animals from the zoos. Let them run wild. No more elephants in the circus.
 
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) is just as bad or worse than the Humane Society. The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumers Services reports that PETA killed 2100 pets last year and placed only 7 in adoptive homes. Since 1998, more than 21,000 dogs and cats have died at the hands of PETA.
 
David Martosko, Research Director for the Center for Consumer Freedom, had this to say: “PETA hasn’t slowed down its hypocritical killing machine one bit, but it keeps browbeating the rest of society with a phony ‘animal rights’ message. What about the rights of the thousands of dogs, cats, puppies, and kittens that die in PETA’s headquarters building?” Martosko added: “Since killing pets is A-OK with PETA, why should anyone listen to their demands about eating meat, using lab rats for medical research, or taking children to the circus?
 
PETA attracts a lot of money. They have a 32 million dollar budget. The Humane Society has 200 million dollars in assets.
 
The animal rights groups are strong and well-financed. We need to be pro-active in defending our interests. Why? I don’t want to be a vegetarian.
 
Until next week, I am John Block from Washington, DC.
 
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COMMENTS (51 Comments)

Bea Elliott
Someone said something about "pasty white vegans" - What about Jack Lalane? Carl Lewis? Please google "vegan athletes" - hardly anemic...
Someone else said vegans are hypocrites because of animals killed during harvesting crops. While it is true no one can be 100% harmless in the world - But there's a major difference in deliberately breeding billions of animals just to eat them - and accidentally harming them for *real* food.

We say we are civilized - that we should not hurt others for pleasure - Eating meat is not a necessity... It's actually unhealthy - therefore consuming animals is simply for pleasure. Who is the hypocrite?
Go Vegan
12:55 PM Jun 19th
 
K Messinger
Hi All, I would not support abusive methods and do not personally know the heartbreaking story you have posted about the little girl who lost her horse and hope she isn't hearing all of the awful things that are being said about what happened to it. I hope her next experience is MUCH better. That being said, I must share my experience - I have known Randy for about 3 or 4 years (before and after Lyons cert) and he has worked with 2 of our horses. My daughter's TB from round pen to saddle & my Appy for tune up. I had great results with both and was very happy. He used a full cheek copper mouth snaffle in both, and their mouths were not damaged. He encouraged my daughter and myself to come watch training and learn how to use the same cues he was teaching. We were only restricted by barn hours, never told we couldn't visit. He also allowed me to hang out and watch lessons & training with others. I've participated in a clinic and had private lessons with him that really helped me regain balance & confidence after not riding for quite some time. Any of you are welcome to contact me to confirm the info I have posted or meet my boys. No hate mail please - I just want to share my positive experience since so many that don't even know him are saying rotten things. Thanks for reading. K Messinger
1:53 PM May 4th
 

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