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Crazy Animal Rights Tactics

PETA’s looking for some coattails.

In my column this month, I wrote about the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) and their whitewashing animal rights tactics – raising money by calling attention to puppy mills and dog fighting, then using that money to fight for the end of animal agriculture. HSUS has worked diligently the past several years to legitimize their organization, to mainstream themselves.


HSUS, of course, stands in stark contrast to PETA, a group that’s worked hard to act crazy. No stunt is too outlandish, and any PR is good PR. As HSUS gains mainstream momentum, PETA seems ready to grab onto their coattails and bring the television cameras with them. My colleague Tim White reported in his blog last week that PETA was denied a request to bring 3,500 gallons of manure and urine into the Ohio statehouse. They also made a pitch for pork producers to donate three sows to be “rescued.” But Tim had an even better idea. Go back a page and check out his blog, Buckeye Farm Beat, for the whole story.


And next week, if you’re in the vicinity of an AgriTalk radio affiliate, tune in on Tuesday, June 30, from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. to hear Mike Adams interview HSUS head Wayne Pacelle. It’s sure to be a lively discussion. For a list of AgriTalk affiliates, click here (


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