HSUS forms ‘Ohio Agriculture Council’

Via Humane Society of the United States press release:

To advance humane and sustainable agricultural practices in Ohio, The Humane Society of the United States has formed an agriculture council made up of farmers and producers. The announcement was made at The HSUS’ Humane Lobby Day, a day when residents from across Ohio meet with legislators at the capital to advocate for stronger animal protection laws.

The Ohio Agriculture Council of The HSUS will work to connect livestock producers who manage their animals using higher animal welfare practices with consumers seeking higher welfare products, and will help other farmers transition to more humane animal management. The group will also showcase those farmers who are good stewards of their animals and the land and advocate for stronger rural communities. Additionally, the Ohio Agriculture Council will advise HSUS on issues affecting Ohio’s family farmers.

Mardy Townsend, a founding member of the new council, said: “As an Ohio cattle farmer, I believe small and mid-size family farmers have much common ground with The HSUS and Ohio consumers when it comes to the treatment of farm animals. Working together to address the future of animal agriculture and find solutions to animal welfare challenges is a positive step.”

Karen Minton, Ohio state director for The HSUS, said: “With animal agriculture being dominated by industrial agribusiness interests, it is important to support and work with Ohio’s sustainable farmers who strive to be good stewards  of the animals and the land. We are pleased to have this great group of Ohio farmers and processors advising us on how best to provide that support.”

John Dinon, HSUS’ Ohio director of outreach and engagement, added, “HSUS members care deeply about where their food comes from and want to avoid products from industrial farms. We are excited to connect Ohio’s conscientious consumers to the kind of traditional family farmers they want to support.”

The founding members of the Ohio Agriculture Council are William Miller, an organic farmer from Butler County; Mardy Townsend, a grassfed beef producer from northeast Ohio; Bruce Rickard of Fox Hollow Farms in Knox County; Joe Logan, an Ohio farmer who works with the Ohio Environmental Council; and Warren Taylor, co-owner and “head dairy nerd” for Snowville Creamery in Pomeroy Ohio.

See how Ohio ag groups responded to this news.

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  1. I would like to see more small local slaughterhouses with the very best humane treatment of cull cows and steers. As a long time dairy farmer it breaks my heart to see our animals shipped on long, terrifying journeys to one of the large dwindling slaughterhouses somewhere out of state like Wisconsin. If there were a larger market locally, it wouldn’t make it easier to let my animals go, but at least maybe I wouldn’t feel so guilty.

  2. After reading the article, one is left with the idea that the “Humane Society of the United States” and the “Ohio Agriculture Council” are official organizations with a benevolent and beneficial mission. Nothing could be further from the truth.

    Research HSUS and you quickly find that they are merely an extreme anti-farming group. Their information and videos are misleading at the least and outright propoganda at worst.

    This group, along with their newly formed Ohio chapter, is no friend of farmers or farming.

  3. Laurella Desborough

    Why would not sensible knowledgeable farmers and cattlemen, of any size enterprise, organize their very own humane animal organization? Why would anyone involved with animal agriculture join with the HSUS in any way? Why would any reasonable animal breeder sit down with the “devil”???

    The HSUS plan is to create division within the animal agriculture and to gain the ability to promote the animal rights agenda of restricting, controlling and eventually eliminating all animal use.

    For those who haven’t figured this out, or who don’t believe it, go to http://www.bewareanimalradicals.com

    And read Animal Rights: The Inhumane Crusade by Daniel Oliver.

  4. David C. Barrett, Jr.

    This group should not be confused with the Ohio Agricultural Council, the nonprofit group that has been around for decades supporting Ohio agriculture. Check out the Ohio Agricultural Council at: http://www.ohioagcouncil.org

  5. HSUS FOR Ag.. surely you jest:

    We don’t want any of these animals to be raised and killed…unfortunately we don’t have the luxury of waiting until we have the opportunity to get rid of the entire [animal agriculture] industry.” – Vice President for farm animal issues of the HSUS Miyun Park,

    We have no ethical obligation to preserve the different breeds of livestock produced through selective breeding. . One generation and out. We have no problem with the extinction of domestic animals. They are creations of human selective breeding.” Wayne Pacelle, Pres of Humane Society of the US, formerly of Friends of Animals and Fund for Animals,

  6. “Nothing is more important than promoting veganism.” HSUS senior campaigner Paul Shapiro, at the 2004 National Student Animal Rights Conference

    “My goal is the abolition of all animal agriculture.” –HSUS Director of Animal Cruelty PolicyJohn “J.P.” Goodwin

    HSUS is NOT the farmers friend.. large or small or in-between

  7. Do these farmers in cahoots now with HSUS realize that they also are targeted by HSUS for extinction? I will be looking more closely where I buy my food, and anyone involved with this HSUS group is OFF my list.
    HSUS does not want farming. Period. They don’t want us to use animals for anything at all, including having them as pets.
    As an Ohioan, I am angry about HSUS setting up ANY council here involving agriculture. Even angrier that we have fools that would join it.

  8. I don’t get why this is happening and why these farmers are ok with HSUS. The whole goal of HSUS is to end animal agriculture. It is important to inform the ag society what HSUS is REALLY about.

  9. I resent the HSUS apparent attempt to annex the good name and reputation of the Ohio Agricultural Council. It reminiscent of the ‘Honda–>Hyundai’ knock-off, both in sound and body style. The tactic that turns me off to Hyundai and HSUS.

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