Unapologetically humane

May 3, 2009 

According to a quote in your April 25 article by a livestock industry lobbyist group: The public is very unaware that the Humane Society of the United States has a very direct agenda to eliminate the use of animals for food.

So, according to "the meat industry," humane advocates are obliged to apologize or explain a preference for the most optimum diet with regards to animal suffering, health, world food and water shortages and environmental damage? This is particularly offensive coming from an industry known not only for its inhumane treatment of animals, but also for similar treatment of its workers and contempt for the environment and public health.

Breeders are getting antsy about this radical "kindness to animals" agenda, too. How upsetting. It would be difficult to come up with a more useless "industry" than theirs in a state that euthanizes over 250,000 animals a year.

Furthermore, over 30 county and city shelters in North Carolina still use gas chambers and other inhumane methods (less than 1 percent of U.S. shelters still use them).

It is disgraceful conduct by public officials and cruel and irresponsible treatment of animals that deserve more newspaper space, not accusations from lobbyists whose sole agenda is the profit margins of the companies who pay them.

Lisa and Gary Leming

Asheville

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