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Animal Rights Activists Using COVID-19 Crisis To Attack Ag Animal Industry
Fri, 22 May 2020 10:29:50 CDT
Amanda Radke, a fifth-generation rancher from Mitchell, South Dakota, and blogger for Beef Magazine, tackled the issue of animal rights activists during her presentation this week on the virtual ONE: Alltech Ideas Conference. Radke said the activists are using the coronavirus crisis as an excuse to attack the agriculture animal industry.
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“These bad actors have been busy chipping away at our freedom to own and use livestock and animals in food, medicine, research and more,” Radke said.
These groups claim only plant-based producers who supposedly are more climate friendly, should be allowed anything in the stimulus package, she said.
Radke said when the stock market dived early in the crisis, the groups purchased stocks in high end clothing companies with the hope to have the leverage to ban wool and fur in the future.
They pushed to eliminate the use of animals in research as scientists work to find treatments and vaccines for the coronavirus, she said.
The animal ag advocate said, “perhaps worse of all they have written editorials that blame animals and meat eating on the coronavirus.”
The reality is much of the animal criticism is falling on deaf ears as consumers have shown a great desire to purchase animal protein.
Radke said research indicates consumers are stocking up on essential food items, including beef, pork and poultry.
When not handling ranch chores, she has been busy answering consumers’ questions on social media and dispelling myths about animal agriculture in her blogging for BEEF magazine.
“I urge you to avoid the political mudslinging and fear mongering that is so prevalent on social media right now,” Radke said.
She encouraged beef producers to be a reliable source of credible information.
The good news is we have seen countless people rise to the occasion as they step into advocacy roles for the ag animal industry, Radke said.
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