Texas Farm Bureau rails against the Humane Society for evidence it uncovered

A spokesman for the Texas Farm Bureau is speaking out against the Humane Society of the United States after the organization released video of horrible conditions at a large egg-production facility in Texas.

Mike Barnett, the publications director for the Texas Farm Bureau was quoted in a story posted on PR-USA.net.

“On one hand I’m sick of those bad players in the livestock industry who mistreat their animals,” writes Barnett. “On the other, I’m sick of the animal rights activist groups who promote these isolated incidents as an indictment of the entire meat and egg industry.”

The video evidence speaks for itself in this case, but battery cages are not isolated in the egg-production industry. What the HSUS did was expose the battery-cage system for what it is – cruelty.

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4 responses to this post.

  1. I think the HSUS is grossly misunderstood. I also might rail against common thought here but I agree with them exposing businesses like this… someone needs to or else they will go on abusing animals and making money off of it…

    jaime

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    • Posted by Tom Grady on November 22, 2010 at 5:00 pm

      Jaime,
      Yes – we need groups like the HSUS to go after those abusing animals. As for the Texas Farm Bureau, it’s a case here of them going after the group that is exposing the cruelty, rather than the offenders.

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  2. Posted by wolfgang planz on November 22, 2010 at 5:37 pm

    there have been 9 independent egg factrory farm investigations in the last 3 years and all of them have uncovered horrific conditions . There are no bad players . These are industry standards . I have been closely following the comment sections of Mike Barnetts articles regarding the Cal-Maine Investigation and here is what I have found : Mike Barnett and Gene Hall { both Public Relation Directors of Texas Farm Bureau } are manipulating , deleting and rewriting comments { without permission of the authors } that are not favourable to the industry . They are especially targeting comments freom small organic local Farmers who are complaining about being pushed out of business by the big players . These are sighns of weakness and should not be allowed in a civilized discussion !

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    • Posted by Tom Grady on November 22, 2010 at 5:54 pm

      Wolfgang,
      Thank you for your input and the information.
      Those big players seem to act as though they hold some sort of traditional standing in farming. But as you have pointed out, the mass-production facilities have been pushing the traditional farmers out of business.
      And they often hold price increases over the head of consumers to sway the opinions away from humane methods. In the meantime, the CEOs are raking in millions each year.

      Free-roaming chickens were THE suppliers of eggs back in the day.

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