animal rights

The Art Of War and Agriculture

Nebraska and the HSUS
The Human Society of the United States (HSUS) and the Nebraska Farmers Union (NFU) announced the formation of the Nebraska Agriculture Council of the Humane Society of the United States. This arrangement is seen by some as a way to avoiding potential animal agriculture ballot initiatives by the HSUS. Others see this as a divide and conquer action by the HSUS, whose outcome will still reduce and possibly eliminate animal agriculture state by state.

Sarah Hubbart, Animal Agriculture Alliance, in an opinion blog on MeatingPlace.com, used The Art of War as a reference in writing about the HSUS/NFU arrangement.
In The Art of War, Sun Tzu advised: “…the art of using troops is this: When ten to the enemy's one, surround him; When five times his strength, attack him; If double his strength, divide him…”.
The underlying philosophy of HSUS must be used as an indicator for those in animal agriculture. Yes, the HSUS is making agreements with organizations in agriculture, aiming to appear as compromising in its position. But its actions and personal statements are what must be watched: HSUS is in a state by state legislative and social action campaign to eliminate animal agriculture completely.

Animal Rights, Animal Welfare, and Religion?

religion effect on animals
Sarah Hubbart, Animal Agriculture Alliance, comments on the trend of animal-focused ministries and how they might be used by organizations like the Humane Society of the United States to create animal rights as a social or religious movement.
As a pet lover, I understand the draw of these sorts of events. Animals play a very special role in our lives and we owe it to them to be good caretakers. But are there more far-reaching implications to this trend than just celebrating the special bond that many of us have with our furry friends?
Sarah suggests that "this does seem to illustrate yet another way that negative perceptions about agriculture can make their way into society."

Tom Carlson - Protecting & Growing Agriculture Amidst the Activist Conflict


Protecting & Growing Agriculture Amidst the Activist Conflict - Tom Carlson, Nebraska State Senate, Chairman, Agriculture Committee, from the 2011 Animal Ag Alliance Stakeholders Summit, May 5-6, Arlington, VA, USA.

James Zehringer - Protecting & Growing Agriculture Amidst the Activist Conflict


Protecting & Growing Agriculture Amidst the Activist Conflict - James Zehringer, Director, Ohio Department of Agriculture, from the 2011 Animal Ag Alliance Stakeholders Summit, May 5-6, Arlington, VA, USA.

What Tactics Are Used By HSUS and PETA

Activist Web Kay Johnson Smith, Animal Agriculture Alliance, shares what tactics are utilized by HSUS, PETA, and other organizations to tell a story against animal agriculture and why it is important for agri-professionals to understand those tactics. From the 2011 Animal Ag Alliance Stakeholders Summit, May 5-6, Arlington, VA, USA.
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