Animal rights versus animal welfare

By Ken Root, High Plains Journal

The art of politics is changing the debate to allow your side to win. In the escalating activism against raising livestock in confinement, the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) has taken the moral high ground, and livestock producers are now having to fight from an inferior position against a well-funded and politically savvy opponent.

An Ohio agricultural journalist defined HSUS this way: “It is a radical activist organization dedicated to reducing and replacing animal-derived proteins and products from the human lifestyle. Equating animals with humans, they passionately believe that domesticated pets and livestock should have the same rights as every American citizen, and firmly hold that no animal should be consumed for food.”

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