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Texas Farm Bureau Attacks HSUS

Texas Farm Bureau Attacks HSUS

A Texas Farm Bureau official has lambasted the Humane Society on the TFB’s blog, calling their actions “misleading” and accusing them of having the ultimate goal of eliminating all livestock production.

Mike Barnett is the publications director for the Texas Farm Bureau. His post on the TFB website came in response to a recent investigation of egg farms by the HSUS that uncovered cruel conditions for the laying hens.

Barnett insists the conditions revealed by the HSUS investigation were aberrant and the majority of egg farmers and other livestock producers are concerned with providing their animals with the best living conditions before they are eaten.

Those who make their living in the animal agriculture industry love to claim the abusive, cruel, and disgusting treatment of livestock animals that we constantly see in undercover footage is aberrant, the exception rather than the rule, “isolated incidents”.

Barnett goes out of his way to take aim at what he considers to be the bad apples in the livestock industry for “giving a black eye to those who do it right” and says there is no excuse for animal cruelty. It’s quite difficult to tell what would be considered cruelty in the eyes of a person who thinks the everyday workings of a factory farm don’t constitute animal cruelty.

He writes that the Humane Society’s ultimate goal is to use incidents like this one to mislead the public into all going vegan and bring an end to animal agriculture as a whole. His remarks are erroneous for several reasons. 

Firstly, HSUS doesn’t mislead. The conditions recorded during their investigation were far from aberrant, they represent the industry standard and the truth about the industry is all that’s needed to change people’s minds. You don’t need to embellish or mislead when the truth is already so horrifying.

Secondly, HSUS’s agenda is hardly as radical as many at the Texas Farm Bureau would have you believe. They do not seek the end of all animal agriculture, they simply advocate for animal welfare. As a vegan I advocate for the end of animal agriculture as a whole. I only wish HSUS was as radical as some make them out to be.

Mike Barnett can’t see the forest for the trees. He and others can continue to assert the blatantly false idea that those who raise livestock care about the wellbeing of their animals and that animal agriculture means a painless, bucolic life for the animals, but as more and more evidence slips out of the opaque walls of slaughterhouses and factory farms, it becomes harder and harder to propagate these lies.

If you want to end the kind of cruelty you see in video after video from inside these farms, go vegan. Boycott all industries that exploit animals for profit and take a stand against violence and cruelty.

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7:58PM PST on Jan 27, 2011

HSUS AND PETA have documented abhorrent chicken factory practices in video and with undercover workers. IT IS ALL TRUE. ABSOLUTELY. Anyone who still buys chickens and eggs is contributing to this practice. Sorry to be so blunt. Buy organic if you MUST still eat them. ABHORRENT CONDITIONS.

12:14PM PST on Dec 10, 2010

You said it Dean, and YOU CAN'T EAT MONEY!!!!! I see this crap there in Alabama all the time with our farm bureau. This year Alabama hog farmers were soliciting the USDA tro buy 5 million lbs of surplus pork that did not sell when China banned (yeah) US pork, to serve to school children and in commodity food. So we the tax payers get to absorb this. As a vegan and a tax payer, I resent this to no end:P

8:10AM PST on Dec 5, 2010

You don't have to be a vegan to disagree with factory farming.There is a HUGE difference between farming and factory farming. Agri business has done more to destroy food quality (carnivore and vegetarian staples alike) than any other entity. When small farmers tried to diversify to compete with the agri-businesses by offering organic fare -the agri-businesses lobbied (and won) to "revise" standards on what makes a product organic.As the regulations now stand -only a small percent of a crop has to be actually organic to have the whole product sold under the "organic" label.
When Texas Farm Bureau whines about generalities -they are only scratching the surface.The wouldn't be complaining if they held the interests of the small family farmer as any priority.They are nothing more than a paid whore speaker for Agribusiness and the fact that they are feeling cornered is a good thing.

12:48AM PST on Dec 5, 2010

ok, MIkey...you don't like your press??? ..fix it if you want the HSUS to stop grabbing all the bad headlines......just what have YOU been doing about the problems???how many of the producers who give the others a bad name have you uncovered? driven out of business? forced them to be humane? none...right...and we'll really listen to you now...if you really don't want more government intervention...then clean up your industry before the government is forced to do so...you won't like it if they continue hammering away at your membership.....so police your own industry and quit whining and blaming the regulators...

12:10AM PST on Dec 3, 2010

I know 3 local farmers and they are very sensitive to how their animals are treated. If only all were the same. Sorry, but I can't give up my eggs and meat.

3:55AM PST on Dec 2, 2010

If livestock raisers were serious about avoiding cruelty, they would be first in line to establish regulations making various factory farm practices illegal.

9:14AM PST on Dec 1, 2010

Ah well cowboys, when you've got arthritis, colon cancer and have had a couple of strokes, you'll see we vegans were right all along... There's no point in even trying to reason with someone who has no sense of ethics or logic and yet thinks themselves to be superior to the equally (perhaps more?) sentient beings that person is exploiting and torturing.

9:11AM PST on Dec 1, 2010

Ah well cowboys, when you've got arthritis, colon cancer and have had a couple of strokes, you'll see we vegans were right all along... There's no point in even trying to reason with someone who has no sense of ethics or logic and yet thinks themselves to be superior to the equally (perhaps more?) sentient beings that person is exploiting and torturing.

3:14PM PST on Nov 30, 2010

Yeah Ok! Nice Try! There's no humane way of killing an animal!!!

1:42PM PST on Nov 30, 2010

That guy is a jack ass. So glad I don't eat meat anymore!

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