If you want to change the disheartening direction of animal rights influence over politicians, you have a choice. Complain or get involved.  Today you can take a simple step; as sign a petition to let the Obama administration know that the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) and People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) do not represent the majority of Americans.   

HSUS recently released “100-Point Change Agenda for Animals” to “help” the new administration and also shared it during their state legislative days in the last week.  Perhaps it’s easy for a special interest group who doesn’t pay income taxes (see posting on the multi-million dollar activist industry)  to forget about the obvious need to help PEOPLE experiencing global economic challenges.  Imagine the jobs that could be generated by the millions of dollars spent on these activist groups.  Further, food prices could be more affordable if these groups weren’t continually pushing regulations that drive up the cost of farming.

Before I digress, the petition you’re being asked to sign was forwarded by a dairy farmer in southern California who has worked for several years to give a voice to animal agriculture .  Interestingly enough, the petition came from a pet owners group called PetPAC.  You can learn more at http://petpac.net/action/chairmancolumn/100_points/.  As they point out, “This is “Big Brother” at its worst. Creating a federal justice department (think FBI) to investigate animal protection issues, elevates our pets and other animals to the status of humans. It gives the federal justice department broad authority to file criminal charges against private citizens in the name of their pets.”

Case in point of authority gone awry, the new Senate Majority Leader in California and HSUS buddy Dean Florez.  He’s known for going after animal agriculture and is already using his position to push a personal agenda.  Is that really what leadership represents?  If there are no voices working against that influence, then perhaps this is leadership in today’s culture.  It’s up to agriculture – and not just those working with animals – to decide if they want to complain or make a change and get involved.