Editor's note: The following commentary was written by Gene Hall, Public Relations Director for the Texas Farm Bureau and originally posted on the Texas Agriculture Talks website.
I sometimes enjoy a bowl of broccoli soup, rice and beans (though they’re a lot better with ham) or other non-meat fare. I make it a point to never do this on PETA’s and HSUS’s pointless holiday, Meatless Monday. Perhaps I would reconsider if HSUS joined me in Sirloin Saturday, Filet Mignon Friday, T-Bone Tuesday, Chicken and Dumplings Sunday or Pork Chop Wednesday. Sorry, I couldn’t alliterate the last two.
The CNN Eatocracy website recently advocated HSUS’s position of a meatless world. HSUS sometimes says–amazingly, without snickering–that they are not necessarily advocating veganism or vegetarianism, just “cruelty free.” Of course, they believe eating animals is cruel, so perhaps this is not as dishonest as it seems at first. If veganism or vegetarianism is not the goal, then pray tell, why do we need a “Meatless” Monday? Forgive me for answering my own question. It’s to diminish the demand and market for meat, thus serving the long-term goal of a world without meat.
This change of strategy has evolved over the last decade, but there is no change of purpose. HSUS and PETA, two sides of the same coin, are willing to accept the consumption of meat for now, but the goal of eliminating animal agriculture over the long haul has not changed.
Various web searches will pull up several animal rights positions of HSUS. If these have ever been refuted, Google is hiding it from me. This is not an unreasonable mission for an animal rights/anti-meat organization, but it’s a head scratcher if that’s not your goal.
We are told on the CNN propaganda site that we can also support laws “so that the pig can turn around” and advocate other laws and rules. The ultimate result of these, again, is a world without meat.
HSUS is an animal rights organization, intent on driving animal agriculture out of business. They are different from PETA only as a matter of patience and strategy. Otherwise, Meatless Monday is a farce without a point. You have the right to request a cruelty-free bacon cheeseburger, but animal rights groups would prefer that meat disappear from the menu–everyone’s menu.