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Animal Rights Activists Stoop to Exploiting Religious Beliefs and Manipulating Data to Further Cause

Mon, 12 Nov 2018 11:43:42 CST

Animal Rights Activists Stoop to Exploiting Religious Beliefs and Manipulating Data to Further Cause

Hannah Thompson-Weeman with the Animal Agriculture Alliance says the beef industry has several challenges out in front of it when it comes to attacks by animal rights extremists. She spoke about these issues with Radio Oklahoma Ag Network Farm Director Ron Hays during the recent 2018 National Association of Farm Broadcasters Convention in Kansas City.

“The main issues we’re seeing around beef are environmentally driven. So, when we see these campaigns about greenhouse gas emissions and the inputs required, usually beef and dairy are the ones that are primarily attacked because they are a larger animal and they live for a longer life cycle which means more inputs,” Thompson-Weeman said. “They do have greenhouse gas emissions associated with them, but the data they’re basing that off to say that is flawed. The comparison for cows goes all the way back to what these cows are eating. Where as for cars, they are just considering tailpipe emissions, not the whole process of making a car and inputs and all those types of things.”

Essentially, Thompson-Weeman says activists are presenting an exaggerated picture of what the beef industry’s role is in the overall emission of greenhouse gasses in an attempt to influence the public’s perception. Another tactic being used by activist groups like the Humane Society of the United States, is to use religion as a means of pressuring consumers.

“Activist groups have been using religion to support their messaging for over a decade now,” she said. “HSUS actually sent one of their staff members to Seminary to come back and lead their (theological) efforts. There was even a session at the Animal Rights National Conference this past year, completely on religion. So, we continue to keep an eye on that issue.”

Listen to Hannah Thompson-Weeman and Ron Hays discuss the latest strategies by activists to influence a negative public perception of the beef industry, on today’s Beef Buzz.

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