Talk Back: Animal Welfare in Agriculture

By on May 15, 2007 with 0 Comments By Wayne Pacelle

Readers are talking about Wayne’s entry on the House Agriculture Subcommittee hearing and the misleading statements made by industry witnesses. Below is a sampling of the remarks we received. If you would like to join the conversation, offer a comment below.

I wonder if our representatives of the United States of America realize the power of the people. We voted them into office and we can vote them out. Men/women who care nothing about animals and their treatment will also have the same regard for their fellow man. –JoAnna Sonnier

What a biased group. You were spot on when you said the industry fears animal advocates, closing their eyes and covering their ears to the idea that “non-human" animals do, indeed, have minds and emotions and are not simply expendable commodities to be used and exploited. Also, I’ve read the CCF’s ramblings and rhetoric regarding the HSUS and, basically, every other animal advocacy organization. Ridiculous, ignorant propaganda. Yes, Mr. Pacelle, I believe you’re right. They truly are scared. Thank you for all you’ve done and continue to do for animals and for making the HSUS what it is today. Well done, sir. –Debbie Hogan

Will Republicans not understand that they are losing voters like ME because of their failure to support humane treatment of animals?

I am a former Republican. I am an average, middle-class person. Animal welfare issues are mainstream now. I will not vote Republican again until the "confused old men" leading the party astray remember their constituents. Or the younger Republican men and women show the party the new direction it must take. –ted

Wayne, thank you for your testimony. I read transcripts of the testimonies delivered at this hearing and was disgusted at how biased they were in favor of animal exploiters.

Then I read Environment and Energy Daily’s article, "Animal welfare activists find cool reception in House." It reported that Robin Hayes of N.C., said, "Farmers and ranchers, not activists, should be dictating animal husbandry practices. Passing legislation based solely on emotion goes against the committee’s responsibility to use science and best management practices that are designed to improve animal welfare practices."

In other words, he only bases the use of animals on economics and not ethics. –Joellen

You can either exhaust yourself pulling puppies out of the river all day and night, or you can run upstream and find out who is throwing puppies into the river.

Animal industries would prefer if no one really cared about animals, but if they must, they would rather us spend all of our time cleaning up after others’ mistakes, and never, of course, questioning or opposing why these "problems" happen in the first place.

Animal industries want to exist in the moral vacuum that most other industries enjoyed during the Industrial Revolution. –Peace

This is so discouraging. Is there anything we can do? What is the next step? I will never understand how people can be so UNCARING. –Amy

If you are looking for ways to help ease the suffering of the more than 10 billion farm animals raised each year in the United States, you can:

  1. Help animals at every meal.
  2. Take action on the current initiatives of The HSUS’s Factory Farming Campaign.
  3. Browse our research library and publications.
  4. Learn about The HSUS’s efforts to protect farm animals through legislation and litigation.
  5. Support our work to end the suffering of farm animals.
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