Since the introduction of production agriculture agrarians have been faced with those that oppose practical farming and ranching practices. There are many organizations today that not only oppose modern production agriculture practices but are actually lobbying in DC against such practices. Sadly many involved in such organizations often overlook the ramifications will come with dissolving such agriculture practices.
These organizations take many shapes and forms. The Humane Society of the Unites States for example has been pulling the wool over consumer’s eyes for years now. The following is a typical commercial that HSUS uses to portray to consumers that their donations are going to help these poor defenseless animals. When we look at the reality behind HSUS we find that a mere 1% of the public’s donations actually went to local shelters in 2010. The majority of money that the nonprofit organization takes in goes toward lobbying in DC to stop animal agricultural production. There is however a website called www.humanewatch.org that tracks HSUS’s moves to keep the public informed on what they are really up to. Yesterday in the USA Today I came across a full page ad that convey the reality of HSUS to the general public.
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) run along the same lines as HSUS however many of their tactics target our younger generations. PETA usually takes much more extreme measures to get their point across, I.E. protests, naked walks, ect. Five years ago PETA became a front runner opposing the slaughter of horses in the United States for human consumption. Since horse slaughter federal funding was cut off the equine industry in this country has spiraled downward. I’m sure that PETA members and spokesmen didn’t think that without horse slaughter, these animals would suffer from starvation, malnourishment, and inhumane slaughtering in Canada or Mexico. These were just a few of the ramifications that were implicated after slaughter was halted.
On a lighter note, this week funding for slaughter was quietly reinstated and several plans for new slaughter facilities in the United States are now in place. As controversial as it may be, PETA somewhat agrees with funding reinstatement. PETA has come to realize the impacts the lack of slaughter has had across the industry. This may be as surprising to many as it was to me but you can read the article here.
What are your thoughts on these organizations?
What are your thoughts on horse slaughter?