Keeping Tabs on the Activists- The Job of Hannah Thompson and the Animal Ag AllianceWed, 30 Dec 2015 08:13:48 CST
From earlier this fall, this Beef Buzz is a "Best of" edition featuring the comments of the Director of Communications for the Animal Ag Alliance, Hannah Thompson. Thompson talked with Radio Oklahoma Ag Network Farm Director Ron Hays about the fact that there are activist groups that don’t like modern production agriculture, specifically animal agriculture. Hannah works to keep tabs on animal rights groups that don’t like how meat is produced in the U.S.
“Obviously their motive is to end animal agriculture and they put a lot of information out there to try to drive consumers toward that mission,” Thompson said.
These animals’ rights groups, like the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) and PETA, have gone around the legislative process to make changes in food production by pressuring retailers and restaurants to make changes. Animal Rights groups are also targeting other audiences for support of their cause. One new audience is law enforcement. Thompson said different activist groups have been sponsoring awards and offering training on animal cruelty.
“I think you see why that’s problematic to have an animal right’s organization telling law enforcement what animal cruelty looks like,” Thompson said.
In response, the Animal Ag Alliance is encouraging farmers and ranchers to build relationships with local law enforcement. Thompson said producers can build relationships by inviting law enforcement officials out to the farm. This allows producers the opportunity to show what responsible animal care is, so law enforcement can understand and know what they are looking at.
Activists groups are also targeting religious organizations. For the past decade, many of these groups have had a staff member charged with reaching out to the faith-based community. Thompson said these groups feel if they can convince people it’s immoral to eat meat that will really help them in their mission. Recently, HSUS announced a new partnership with Hazon, the leading Jewish sustainability organization in North America. She said this partnership will allow HSUS to provide educational materials for summer camps and this will allow HSUS to teach youth about their views on animals.
A similar situation is being seen locally in Oklahoma. The Oklahoma Conference of Churches is siding with HSUS in being against State Question 777. The proposed Right to Farm amendment to the Oklahoma State Constitution will be voted on by the electorate in November, 2016.
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