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Even at an early age, Cheryl Day was a passionate and practical advocate for agriculture. Check out her viewpoint on current agricultural topics.

Let the Political Games Begin

Feb 08, 2012

Winter tends to be the season of meetings for the agriculture community. It also is the time of year that legislative agendas are in full swing. Each state has a different legislative schedule. In Illinois, we are at the beginning of the spring session, which keeps me knee-deep in mind-numbing reading material.

One of my loyal blog readers reminded me that I have been quite quiet lately. It is true that my blogging activity has been low due to a heavy meeting agenda, but I will never be silent.

In the spirit of the political atmosphere, it is necessary to take a closer look at the political games of extreme animal rights groups: the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), People for the Ethnical Treatment of Animals (PETA) and the Farm Sanctuary. The goal of these organizations is to veganize Americans, asking everyone to give up all those delicious juicy hamburgers/pork chops/cheeses/eggs to save the planet. They look for an emotional plea, changing the message for each audience and using the weakest link to accomplish their  organizations' true agenda: not to support the local animal shelter (a great cause) but to end animal agriculture.

Political Evolution of Anti-Animal Agriculture Legislation and Ballot Initiatives

Map It!  Animal Ag Alliance has mapped active legislation and ballot initiatives impacting animal Agriculture.


2012 Political Agenda

The Your Vote Counts Coalition, led by HSUS, is collecting signatures for a November 2012 new ballot initiative. After the passing of Proposition B (an HUS initiative), Missouri legislators and the governor dismantled the initiative. As result, HSUS and other groups are pushing another ballot initiative that would require a three-quarters vote of the legislature to change a voter initiative.
Caged Hen Measure, Initiative 20. Oregonians for Humane Farms, led by HSUS and the Farm Sanctuary, were collecting signatures for a ballot initiative that would mandate more room for egg-laying hens. The initiative was dropped by HSUS after a national agreement with the egg industry in July 2011.
Phase Out Veal Crates and Gestation Stalls, a voluntary phase-out, grew from an agreement between pork producers and HSUS. Legislation passed.
This proposed legislation is the reintroduction of the Horse Slaughter Ban for the United States. It would also ban the shipping of horses to Mexico and Canada to be slaughtered. The sharp increase in horse abandonment cases has PETA not supporting the legislation. However, HSUS and the Farm Sanctuary support the legislation.
Amends the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act to require the Secretary of Health and Human Services to deny any application for a new antimicrobial animal drug unless the applicant can demonstrate a reasonable certainty of no harm to human health due to the development of antimicrobial resistance attributable to the nontherapeutic use of the drug. The proposed legislation is supported by the Farm Sanctuary.
It is important to visualize the political progression of HSUS-PETA-Farm Sanctuary agenda behind emotion-triggering ads that ask you to donate your hard-earned money for animal care when the reality is that the money is actually spent on politics.


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COMMENTS (1 Comments)

Will K - KS
Cheryl , I know I poked you with a stick a little n my last post. I do agree with the vast majority of your blogs. However I have the experience of being a farmer who lives in a urban area. Most of my friends and neighbors are many generations removes from the farm and have almost no clue how their food arrived in the grocery store. Modern meat production doesn't square with their memories from childhood books about farm life. We as an industry need to be more in touch with their concerns or we will be seen as reactionary, and that will play right into the hands of the groups you are quite right o be warning us about. As a farmer the conditions that chickens and hogs spend their lives in before becoming the meat we consume sometimes make me uneasy, how will it play to the average suburban mom?
9:44 PM Feb 8th

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