HSUS official denies egg videos were staged
May 7, 2010 by Ken Anderson
A top official of the Humane Society of the United States denies that video footage shot in Iowa egg barns may have been staged.
This after a recent third-party audit of one of the companies allegedly shown in the video—Rose Acre Farms—uncovered very few of the problems depicted in the video.
Paul Shapiro directs the factory farms campaign for HSUS. “This is really nonsense, in terms of these claims that somehow—some reason—these workers at these factory farms would be doing anything differently than they’re normally doing,” Shapiro says. “There’s no evidence of it and it’s just a way to try to deflect attention from the reality of what’s going on.”
Shapiro—an outspoken promoter of vegetarianism and veganism—has in the past made statements such as “Eating meat causes animal cruelty.” In light of that, we asked Shapiro if he understands why farmers and ranchers are suspicious of HSUS’ true motives.
“That certainly is my position that many farm animals are treated cruelly,” he says, “and, yeah, I agree with you that—I think some people in the industry may be uncomfortable with that.”
It’s a bit curious that the HSUS claims to be able to walk onto any farm and find horrible abuses that are rampant in agriculture and yet third-party auditors who are trained experts in livestock handling and facilities give good grades. I’m sure the HSUS has a host of conspiracy theories to explain this but common sense tells us that these agenda-based animal rights groups will do what it takes to get their name in the news.