Not only do Americans gainfully support HSUS, but most Americans "rely on HSUS to protect farm animals, not just dogs and cats," Paul Shapiro, Senior Director of Farm Animal Protection at the Humane Society of the United States, told a group of food security advocates at the 2011 Food Summit in Chicago today.
Shapiro cited a national survey conducted for the American Farm Bureau Federation at Oklahoma State University that revealed that 81% of Americans believe that farms animals have the same ability to feel pain and discomfort as humans. It also found that 95% of those surveyed said they are concerned about the treatment of animals on farms and 68% believe that the government should take an active role in farm animal welfare.
Shapiro says HSUS has plans to alleviate lack of legal protection for farm animals. He said that the farm community relies on the mantra, "we take care of our animals and they take care of us," but that scientific research doesn’t support that statement. He asked attendees to dream about how HSUS and agribusiness could work together to create a brighter future for food production.
Listen to this portion of Shapiro’s presentation and check back for more coverage.