Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Farmers are Best

Farmers are best judges of humane treatment of productive units

Many will recall that Professor Harold Hill was a real scalawag, but lovable. That made him believable enough for the folks in River City to support his promotion of a community band to include 76 trombones.

While that theme made Music Man one of Broadway's all-time popular and long-running musicals, similar unbelievable and unlikely promotions appear all too frequently in regard to food production and farm practices. One of the latest is a petition drive leading to propositions in California and three other states that will give voters the audacious and unmerited authority to dictate to farmers how they must house poultry and meat animals.

It is being bankrolled by a scalawag group with the auspicious name Humane Society of the United States (HSUS.). For 50 years it has been less identified with legitimate humane animal treatment than with shock campaigns against widely accepted animal husbandry practices. Read More

Producers will always be the greatest animal welfare experts because they are the ones working with the animals. They have the most to lose if their animals aren’t content, thus making animals less productive. That is why it is so important to talk to consumers about what we do. They want to talk to the producers and you are regarded as a very trusted source.

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