Animal activists and animal welfare organizations have to be the most hated and revered groups of all time. They are hated by the drug companies, medical researchers, big food corporations and their factory farm contractors and loved by those that respect animals and believe they are entitled to humane treatment.
In one sense, animal activists are the hope of the future. Their tireless, dedicated work in saving animals from the factory farm system, establishing safe havens (sanctuaries) for rescued animals, raising public awareness and lobbying for an end to the cruelty of farm factory practices is immensely important work.
While this site is mainly focused on the horrors of the factory farm system, it is equally important to shine some light on what drug companies, medical schools, cosmetic manufacturers and similar industries do to animals in the interest of making a few more bucks.
It is probably no surprise that animal welfare groups are overwhelmingly non-profit, tax-exempt organizations that survive because of the generosity of animal lovers everywhere. This, of course, means that your donations to these organizations are viewed by the IRS as charitable donations and henceforth, are tax deductible.
Donations, memberships, sales of books, calendars, t-shirts and fund-raisers by private citizens and affiliate groups all go to support shelters, feed the resident animals, publicity, investigations, legislative actions, personnel salaries and benefits and all the myriad things that go into running and growing an organization such the HSUS, ASPCA, PETA, the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM), and numerous animal rescue and sanctuary organizations.
The flip side is that the factory farmers contend that without the CAFO system, food shortages would be the norm and what food was available, would be unaffordable except to the wealthiest people.
It is a true David and Goliath fight. The animal rights and animal welfare groups are pitted against huge companies with armies of lawyers and lobbyists with bags of cash for politicians.
Worst of all are the government agencies that appear to be more interested in protecting industry and pushing exports than they are in protecting citizen’s health and ending animal cruelty.
Is it remotely possible that government agencies could be complicit? Is it possible that the USDA, FDA and EPA might, on occasion, put the interests of industry ahead of their duty to regulate the industry and protect consumers?
This section is specifically dedicated to Gene Baur of Farm Sanctuary and others like him for their work in giving impetus to the animal welfare movement.
They sacrifice everything for the cause as well as fighting for legislative intervention in this unsustainable industry. They are the true heroes of animal welfare.
While there are possibly hundreds of animal activist groups diligently working to change the CAFO system and restore animal welfare and animal husbandry to agriculture, we will highlight a few of the largest and most notable.
The three that almost everyone knows about, or thinks they know about, are the Humane Society of the U.S. (HSUS), the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) and People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA). A lesser known but vitally important factory farm rescue organization is Farm Sanctuary mentioned above. We will visit all of them and more via the Navigation bars on the left.
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