Activists Boldly Upfront About Their True Goals for Animal Agriculture, "We're Not Here to Negotiate"Fri, 22 Sep 2017 10:19:15 CDT
One goal was made very clear by activists during their annual meeting held in Virginia this August - to end all forms of animal agriculture regardless of how well animals are cared for. Hannah Thompson Weeman of the Animal Agriculture Alliance spoke with Ron Hays, farm director of the Radio Oklahoma Ag Network, about how these activists have strategized to accomplish their mission of eliminating farms of all sizes.
“At the end of the day, they want to end all forms of using animals and all forms of animal agriculture,” Hannah said, explaining their strategy to first target ‘factory farms,’ a term they themselves coined to cast a negative light on larger production operations. “They think they are going to get further if they start with large-scale, modern, efficient production systems which is that idea of factory farming.”
However, a speaker at this year’s conference was quoted saying that activists need to stop saying it’s factory farming that is the problem. He says, that gives people the idea that there are alternative animal agriculture operations that are acceptable. According to Hannah, activists have made it clear, they are not here to negotiate. Simply put, they continue to advance their agenda, choosing one target at a time - moving the goal post a little further each time. And apparently, these groups, that were once fragmented doing their own individual things, have now began to cooperate.
“Over the past several years, they’ve really all come together and put pressure on companies for the same thing,” Hannah said. “That’s something we’re all very aware, that that’s their end goal - that’s what they’re working for.”
Listen to Hannah explain to Hays, the long-term strategy of activists and how she suggests the agriculture community should respond to the mounting threat they present to the industry, on today’s Beef Buzz.
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