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Donations to animal rights groups on the rise

January 8, 2009

Beef Today

In 2008, there appeared to be an increase in well-funded animal rights activities directed at animal agriculture, according to the Animal Agriculture Alliance research.

In 2007, the latest reporting period available for review, charitable donations to animal rights groups rose 11% providing activist groups funds to develop activities such as California’s Proposition 2, undercover video operations, legislative initiatives and legal actions. Donations to the extremist People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) and its subsidiaries increased 11%.

We are our own worst enemy in this regard. I’m not an animal rights nut by any stretch of the imagination, but what sort of public sentiment are we to expect when we cart animals off to confinement feedlots, pump them full of grain, antibiotics and steroids, then slaughter them in illegal immigrant run abattoirs? These unsightly aspects are only compounded by a consumer base that has little to no understanding of life on the farm, much less the steps necessary to get that animal to their plate. As farmers we need more openness and transparency if we expect to curb the tide of laws like the ones just passed in California. And as citizens we need less laws regarding the processing of animals for consumption. We’ve set up a system where the only people that can comply with the myriad regulations are the big corporate slaughterhouses, leaving the small independent direct marketing producer to fight off the bureaucratic wolves on his own..


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  1. Ross permalink

    Vines, I love your first-hand analysis of ranching. I’m by no means a PETA or enviro-marxist, but I DO care about my animals and my food. My dad grew up on a family dairy and he loved his cows like dogs. Sadly, that’s disappeared, and not entirely because of free markets. On the contrary; something else is at play here, namely the ag-lobby. Many city folk don’t realize that it’s in a farmer’s best interest to treat his animals right, but with ever growing regulation and global warming taxes, it’s actually the rent-seeking protein factories who survive.

  2. Matthew permalink

    PETA has gotten pretty smart. No freakin crazy ass stunts up here, just commercials about getting your dogs and cats spayed n neutered. They don’t even say they are PETA.

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