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Animal Activists Resort to Using Religious Appeals to Convert Meat Consumers to a Vegetarian Diet

Mon, 22 Jan 2018 12:29:29 CST

Animal Activists Resort to Using Religious Appeals to Convert Meat Consumers to a Vegetarian Diet


Anti-animal agriculture activism is alive and well here in 2018. Activist groups continue to pursue an agenda absent that of meat production and appear to be as reliant as ever on many of the same tactics which they have demonstrated in years past. Radio Oklahoma Ag Network Farm Director Ron Hays caught up Hannah Thompson-Weeman of the Animal Agriculture Alliance to find out what strategies her organization has been monitoring so far in the new year.


“We really need to always recognize the bar is continuing to raise on what their groups are willing to do in terms of aggressiveness; in terms of breaking the law, crossing lines, endangering animal health, human health and safety and really just kind of no holds bar,” Thompson-Weeman said. “These groups are willing to go very, very far in their endeavor to decrease consumer trust in our industry. I think that is something we’re going to continue to see. We in animal agriculture need to be increasingly vigilant of what’s going on in our farms and in our plants.”


According to the Animal Agriculture Alliance, activist groups like the Humane Society of the United States and PETA are advocating for programs such as Meatless Mondays and base their arguments on moral or religious grounds. Thompson-Weeman says that Meatless Mondays was an initiative with roots beginning in the early war effort when Americans came together to ration meat supplies to make sure troops overseas had much needed protein to consume. Today, she says there is no foundation for such a program. Furthermore, she says activist groups are now bringing people on staff with the sole purpose of reaching out to faith and community leaders to promote a disingenuous stance that meat consumption is immoral.


“Animals and religion is a trend we have been seeing, really over the past decade,” she said. “Their whole goal is to try to make people feel guilty and feel like it’s against their religion or against the Bible to eat meat.”


Listen to Thompson-Weeman and Hays discuss some of the preferred tactics being used by animal agriculture activists right now, on today’s Beef Buzz.


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Listen to Thompson-Weeman and Hays discuss some of the preferred tactics being used by activists.
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