There are an increasing number of states where the Humane Society is coming into conflict with agriculture groups. This fight between ag and animal rights was a big topic of state legislative leaders earlier this year. Now the Kansas City Star’s Matt Campbell has a good roundup of the fights that are brewing. “This is getting ugly,” Campbell writes.
In Kansas, Campbell writes, “the president of the state Farm Bureau is firing off complaints to corporations that show signs of empathy with the society.” In Missouri, there will be a vote this November on a proposed law that would regulate dog breeders. (The primary opponent is the head of the state pork association.) Nationally, agribusiness groups have started a new, anti-Humane Society website HumaneWatch.org.
The Humane Society says it is trying to reduce the instances of livestock abuse. “Ultimately, the Humane Society wants to make it more difficult to produce livestock on the scale that this country requires to meet demand,” Don Lipton, a spokesman for the American Farm Bureau Federation told Campbell.