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.