“We don’t need extreme outside animal rights groups in Nebraska. They seek to interrupt our system and way of life. They don’t share our values, care about our way of life, or want to see us prosper.”
– Senator Tom Carlson
Nebraska Attorney General’s Supplemental Environmental Project Fund is allocating $100,000 to We Support Agriculture started by Nebraska Cattlemen, Nebraska Farm Bureau, Nebraska Poultry Industries, Nebraska Pork Producers and the Nebraska State Dairy Association to fight Humane Society of the United States (HSUS).
The We Support Agriculture is using fear to get people to support their cruel and unethical practices with animals used for food. The farmers and ranchers are portrayed as “caring people who know how to care for their animals properly,” while HSUS is portrayed as extremists. Caring people don’t take babies away from there mothers at birth, sell them to be chained by the neck in two feet wide crates where it makes it impossible to turn around, stretch or lie down. Caring people do fight for the cruel practices to stop. Extremists on the other hand “disdain for the rights and liberties of others, but resent the limitations of their own activities.” Who is the caring group and who is the extremist?
We Support Agriculture says “Florida amendment attacks hog farming, 2002” and what they don’t say is that “over 2 ½ million Floridians voted to prohibit the cruel confinement of pregnant pigs in factory farms.” The voters just wanted some more room for the sows to turn around not for the farms to be shut down. The also go after “California Proposition 2 attacks hog farming and veal and egg production, 2008,” which actually was to stop “three of the worst factory farm abuses: veal crates for calves, battery cages for egg-laying hens, and gestation crates for breeding pigs.” The world’s largest pork producer, Smithfield Foods Inc., just announced that they will stop using gestation crates. Check out the story here. If the We Support Agriculture were really caring people they would support these laws and not fight them.
The Nebraska Farmers Union and HSUS have agreed to develop joint standards and marketing efforts for humanely raised animal products.
As vegans we should work to inform these groups that we aren’t trying to take their livelihood away, we are trying to make the lives of the animals and their employees better.