Agriculture education group urges balance
The Animal Agriculture Alliance, a US agriculture
education and communication group, has urged animal welfare groups to provide a
balanced perspective or risk losing their supporters.
While speaking at the conference, Karen Davis, President of United Poultry Concerns
an animal rights group focused on domestic fowl, reportedly bemoaned the fate of
male chickens in the US, saying that these birds are â€œfamily menâ€ and that
modern agriculture systems leave them â€œno family lifeâ€. The Alliance says Davis
is notorious for her claim that the September 11 terrorist attacks reduced the amount of suffering in
because many of those killed in the attack likely ate chicken.
Miyun Park, Vice President of Farm Animal Welfare for the vegan-led Humane Society of the United
(HSUS) reportedly said the organisation's objective was: â€œto get rid
of the [egg laying and broiler chicken] industryâ€.
Kay Johnson of the Animal Agriculture Alliance, said, â€œwe are extremely
distressed that animal rights advocates would try to mislead the public over the
use of modern facilities that insulate animals from inclement weather, protect
them from predators, enhance nutrition, reduce disease and improve veterinary
Johnson warned that such animal welfare propaganda could be damaging to the
cause of animal rights activists, alienating supporters that feel
â€œGroups who pretend to be working for animal welfare will inevitably see
people abandon their cause as people understand that they have been manipulated.
Their manipulation hurts the cause of groups that work hard on behalf of
animals,â€ she said.
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