What do you think about state HSUS Ag Councils?

Jamie Johansen 5 Comments

New Holland ZimmPollOur latest ZimmPoll asked the question, “How did the ‘Polar Vortex’ affect you?”

Old man winter hasn’t left and chances are won’t anytime soon. This winter’s buzz word has been polar vortex. Has your winter been different then others? If so, has it been caused by this new buzz word. Or has winter at your house been about normal? Well, in this week’s ZimmPoll the majority said it made work more difficult. Farmers and ranchers around the country are among many other’s who don’t get a day off when the weather gets bad. I was surprised to see the number of people who weren’t really affected. Maybe they live in the deep South or maybe they are used to brutal weather and adapt.

Our poll results:

  • Not at all – 26%
  • Somewhat – 26%
  • Made work more difficult – 33%
  • Couldn’t work – 14%

Our new ZimmPoll is now live and asks the question, “What’s your opinion of state HSUS Ag Councils?”

HSUS has been organizing state Agriculture Councils with the intention to unite farmers. These councils are made up of farmers, ranchers and conservationists and HSUS says the goal is to foster better animal welfare and environmental stewardship. Councils have been established in Colorado, Iowa, Nebraska, North Carolina and Ohio. Most recently they have created one in Missouri. Many question the legitimacy of these councils and claim they are front groups for HSUS. What do you think? Do you trust HSUS?

ZimmPoll Jamie JohansenWhat do you think about state HSUS Ag Councils?

Comments 5

  1. CanAnFam

    HSUS’ position represents the opinions of consumers.

    When farmers say they can’t trust HSUS or can’t work with HSUS, what they are in effect saying is consumers are wrong and/or their desires don’t matter. I don’t know of any other industry that takes that position with respect to serving the end users of their products.

    Just yesterday I read there is a shortage of organic food, especially eggs. And instead of embracing this evolution of people’s eating habits, farmers are fighting it tooth and nail and refusing to not only change – but to take financial advantage of this unmet need. Really mind boggling and doesn’t reflect well on the business acumen of farmers and ranchers in general.

  2. Jonathan Gilbert

    How awesome it is that forward thinking humane farmers and The HSUS are partnering up to give the overwhelming majority of consumers what they want; humanely raised farmed animals. BRAVO FARMERS! BRAVO HSUS!

  3. John Gilbert

    Ag Councils: It’s a free world and if organizations can use real farmers to further their message, that’s better than what most PR hacks come up with. HSUS has a long history rooted in religious beliefs and isn’t carrying water for anyone else, so why not give them the benefit of the doubt. There are serious issues with the industrial animal production methods, and if the councils can remind consumers there is a better way to produce food, then that’s a win-win.

  4. Doug Dittman

    Speaking both as a dairy farmer and as a member of the Nebraska HSUS Ag Council, I’ve been impressed by the effort that HSUS has made to encourage and educate it’s constituency to support sustainable and humane dairy production. The two dairy practices that they oppose are crated veal and tail docking – practices that are increasingly hard to justify. It’s been my experience that the efforts of HSUS staff and constituency thru education and purchasing power are helping to make smaller dairies profitable again – and that’s good for everyone.

  5. Karin Gan

    Not sure what you mean by “front groups,” but I have seen in my many years that without the “groups” that care about the welfare and respect of the animals that nourish our bodies or pad the pockets of a few, many of the animals suffer not just a short time, but lifelong.

    Yes I trust them. If you don’t, go work at a real puppy mill, yeah Missouri is a good place to look. Go work in a place dealing with animals with individuals that just need a “job” and have zero respect for the animal. Is anyone else out there helping these animals, are you?

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