Poll Hijacking

The question of whether agriculture should sit down with groups like HSUS to find “common cause” is our poll question this week on AgWired.com and while the answers had at first been running well against such dialogue, the poll has now been “hijacked” by HSUS supporters voting in favor. Overnight last week, the poll received nearly 400 responses in the affirmative – and some of the comments of those supporters show exactly why all of agriculture should be very afraid of their agenda.

“Let animals be animals, not commodities.”
“Stop the torture and Killing of the animals.”
“People should just stop eating animals period – there’s no such thing as humane murder.”

The ultimate agenda is obvious – the end to animal agriculture. Once the livestock industry begins to make concessions to animal rights activists that drastically change production methods it becomes a very slippery slope very quickly. It will only be a short matter of time before allowing chickens more room in cages becomes allowing all animals the right to life. Treating animals humanely is not the same as treating them like they are humans – but many activists see no difference.

This website is very well-read by animal activist individuals. We have an obligation to not just defend, but educate. We get lots of comments on our posts about topics like this and it is important for the agriculture community to use this forum for intelligent dialogue and healthy debate. Sometimes it’s easier to just call them wackos and be done with it, but better still to rationally explain that livestock producers know way more about how to care for their animals than HSUS does, and we really like to eat meat!

Do you think agriculture can find “common cause” with HSUS?

4 thoughts on “Poll Hijacking

  1. It’s a shame that these animal fanatics are so adept at manipulating the system. Many of them use multiple IP addresses and mulitple “identities”. The level of their fanaticism should frighten anyone who owns animals of any kind. Our food supply is under direct threat. The FBI considers fanatical animal rights activists as a potential terrorist threat. It is easy to understand why.

  2. The only common cause is animals and the court system, and I hope that those who engage in ranching, farming, and any and all forms of animal husbandry become proactive in government by themselves filing injunctions, lawsuits, and challenge bills and ordinances that are misdirected and have detrimental effects because they have been written by people with no understanding, experience, or first hand knowledge about animal husbandry whatsoever.

    The problem of lack of knowledge is so widespread by people who have a lot of time and apparently no real income. When something as simple as a photo of a dog that includes pleas for pledges of money to save her after she had a litter of puppies is accompanied by a photo that is obviously that of a male dog whose sheath is readily visibble, the problem is apparent. Furthermore this pre-occupied claim that any form of reproduction is abusive, painful, and cruel shows a lack of any knowledge of the reproductive process whatsoever.

    You cannot fix something that you do not understand. It is that simple.

  3. Your poll was not “hijacked”: your biased point of view is simply outnumbered by a huge number of people — including farmers — who recognize that compromise is the best way to resolve concerns about animal welfare.

    You are welcome to stick your head in the sand and pretend that you hold the moral high ground, and that the majority of people in the US support the idea that cruelty is acceptable, or that cruelty doesn’t exist in factory farming.

    But while your heads are in the sand and your butt is waving in the air, the next ballot initiative to come along will plow you into the ground.

    The intelligent response is sit down with animal welfare groups to find a solution that protects your interests while addressing concerns about animal welfare, as the UEP did. Avoid the legislative battle entirely. Make sure your input goes into the decision-making process.

    Contrast that with your industry’s response: to give up your seat at the table, cross your arms and say “nope nope nope,” and to hand the decision over to the voters.

    That strategy worked well in California with Prop 2, didn’t it?

    Oh, but that could never happen in your state… So just give up your place in the process, tuck your head back in the sand, pretend that your little poll was “hijacked,” and go back to sleep.

    I’m sure it will all work out for the best.