HSUS Pretends to Like Small Farms…Just Not the Meat They Produce
In light of widespread condemnation from the farming community, we’ve seen the Humane Society of the United States try to re-brand itself over the past year or so. HSUS has started several state agriculture councils in an effort to appear friendly to smaller farmers, but in truth it would be all too happy to shut them down in pursuit of a meatless, cheese-less, egg-less world.
HSUS may have a farmer or two on staff, but the head honchos are not only still against animal agriculture, but they seem obsessed with the vegan lifestyle—not just for humans but for pets as well.
You may recall that HSUS released a vegan brand of dog food a few years ago. That now appears to be off the market entirely—we assume it didn’t sell well. (And we wonder whether it sat well.) But HSUS hasn’t entirely given up, posting several recipes for vegan dog treats that CEO Wayne Pacelle promoted on his blog this week.
Similarly, not a single one of the recipes for people that HSUS publishes has any animal product, calling instead for processed soy concoctions as replacement. A quick search of the HSUS website returns over 1,200 results for the word “vegan.” And the Twitter feeds of HSUS’s (anti-)farm campaigners reveal the obsession with veganism that drives them.
Our point isn’t that veganism is bad. It’s a free country, and people can certainly eat and live how they want to. But HSUS shouldn’t pretend that it’s in favor of meat produced from small-scale farmers—as it is telling those farmers and the public at large—when it is against all animal agriculture. And HSUS should stop pretending to the public and its donors that it’s all about rescuing dogs and cats, when it’s really funding vegan advocacy campaigns.
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— Gabriel Wildgen (@GabrielWildgen) November 1, 2013
The @HumaneSociety HQ was abuzz today when 200 Chipotle tofu “sofritas” burritos showed up. Thanks, @ChipotleTweets! Now, time for a nap. — Matthew Prescott (@MatthewPrescott) November 1, 2013
Check out Food Empowerment Project’s (@FoodisPower) new campaign: http://t.co/YtxzwdTKe3
— Josh Balk (@joshbalk) October 28, 2013
Some people go to Disney World after athletic achievement; I eat @Tofurky! Video: http://t.co/rauxgMdokf (#MCM2013 @Marine_Marathon)
— Paul Shapiro (@pshapiro) October 27, 2013
Fun times yesterday at a @veganoutreach 20 year anniversary event. The organization is filled with talented, dedicated people.
— Josh Balk (@joshbalk) October 27, 2013
Just had the new sofritas at the @ChipotleTweets in the Dulles Airport. DELICIOUS. Great for meat-eaters and vegetarians alike!
— Josh Balk (@joshbalk) October 25, 2013
Go #meatless this Monday says @KPSCALnews http://t.co/1lKY0NQpIw
— Kristie Middleton (@KristiMiddleton) October 25, 2013
Just had the awesome new #vegan sofritas from @ChipotleTweets (in DC-area) and loved them!
— Paul Shapiro (@pshapiro) October 23, 2013
#DC (and other eastern cities!) getting Chipotle’s awesome Sofritas this month. Thank you, @ChipotleTweets!!! http://t.co/pI89413JW9
— Paul Shapiro (@pshapiro) October 11, 2013
DC-area friends! Hope to see you at the @speciesism film premiere this Thurs: http://t.co/Ufm6S9b63A #dcfilms
— Paul Shapiro (@pshapiro) October 8, 2013
Cool. Germany’s “Meat-Drenched Oktoberfest Warms To Vegans” http://t.co/x1DIRgRg2K (via @nprnews)
— Paul Shapiro (@pshapiro) October 5, 2013
Wonderful @MarcGunther column in @CNNMoney about @BeyondMeat: http://t.co/GzXuIRtDNi
— Josh Balk (@joshbalk) October 4, 2013
Potent. More reason to choose more veg foods RT @BillGates What will happen to Earth’s temp in your lifetime? Graphic:http://t.co/FZJ2DBQAr3
— Paul Shapiro (@pshapiro) October 2, 2013
Beautiful day for the @DCVegFest — free food, dogs allowed, and oh yeah, beer gardens for those inclined…hope to see you there!!!
— Paul Shapiro (@pshapiro) September 28, 2013
We Are All Part-Time Vegans Now says NPR #vegan http://t.co/5gfWAJx5cw
— Kristie Middleton (@KristiMiddleton) September 26, 2013
Became #vegan 20 years ago this month! Would like to think what I’ve lost in hair I’ve gained in wisdom… Pic: pic.twitter.com/AK9TGGkrWv
— Paul Shapiro (@pshapiro) September 23, 2013