By Leslie Reed
WORLD-HERALD STAFF WRITER
LINCOLN — The Humane Society of the U.S. has no plans to conduct a petition drive in Nebraska aimed at treatment of farm animals, the group's president and chief executive officer said here Sunday.
But Wayne Pacelle said his group still will continue to work to eliminate tight confinement practices on farms and ranches.
“We are not anti-agriculture,” Pacelle said. “We want animals to be able to stand up, lie down and turn around. That is not a sweeping agenda.”
Some of the agriculture representatives said they remain wary of Pacelle's group, despite his conciliatory tone.
Mark McHargue, a Central City, Neb., pork producer and a director of the Nebraska Farm Bureau Federation, said he remains skeptical of the HSUS's motives. McHargue said he uses gestation crates to house pregnant sows on his hog farm. He said he believes the crates are a humane way to handle animals that would fight and harm one another if they weren't restrained. Working without the crates also would increase his cost of production.
“You heard a lot of frustration and anxiety tonight about what's happened in other states,” McHargue said. “There's no reason to think that what happened in other states won't happen in Nebraska.” Read More
These farmers and ranchers that believe the HSUS is a friend to them really struggle with reality. One look at the recipe section on their website shows you what their true goals are. Never once does it say anything about eating meat, milk and eggs grown in certain conditions. It states that using animals as a source of food is cruel. I’m not sure how Pacelle can say that he isn’t anti-ag with a straight face. The only way he can keep his professional fundraising organization afloat is to keep creating one crisis after another directed at agriculture.