By Midge Grinstead, Kansas State Director, The Humane Society of the United States
When it comes to the treatment of animals, there’s a lot of room for improvement, whether it’s phasing out confinement systems that confine breeding pigs in cages so small the animals can’t turn around, or helping farmers who exhibit humane and sustainable farming skills and provide better care for their animals.
Those are the goals of The Humane Society of the United States, and it’s unfortunate that the Leader & Times provided a platform for a corporate front group to mislead readers about our aims.
The HSUS’ efforts to support Meatless Mondays reflect the reality of a growing population. We simply cannot sustain the current level of meat consumption in our country – nearly the highest in the world. It’s better for animals, for consumers, and for the environment to lower our rate of consumption.
An increasing numbers of family farmers also are voicing their support for Meatless Monday as a means to achieve a more sustainable, community-based agricultural system.
By reducing the total number of animals raised for food, we place greater value on humane sustainable agriculture. If consumers are more discerning, they may eat less meat and other animal products, but pay more for what they buy. Rural economies can prosper with consumer spending distributed more to individuals who show farming know-how and a respect for animals.
The result will be more farmers on the land and a proportional decrease in factory-style farms.
What the Center for Consumer Freedom wants to distract from is The HSUS’ success in protecting all animals, including those raised for food. Our most important goal is to prevent cruelty – before animals are homeless or made to suffer.
We are the leading organization taking on animal fighting, puppy mills, seal killing, wildlife cruelty, and factory farming and inhumane slaughter, and we helped care for more than 100,000 animals in 2012 alone, through our sanctuaries or rescue work, emergency sheltering and other hands on programs.
We consistently earn high marks from leading charity evaluating agencies, and are ranked the nation’s highest impact animal welfare organization by Philanthropedia experts. To learn more and get involved, please visit us online at humanesociety.org.