Protect the Harvest is a new coalition of farmers, ranchers and hunters that is, according to its web site, “dedicated to educating American’s about the growing threat posed by the radical animal rights fringe.”
Forrest Lucas, founder and owner of Lucas Oil—who also owns a cattle ranch in Missouri—is reportedly one of the driving forces behind formation of the group.
Erik Helland of Johnston, Iowa serves on the board of Protect the Harvest. Helland is an Iowa state legislator and is the majority whip in the Iowa House of Representatives.
Referring to HSUS’ efforts to establish federal “cage size” standards on the egg industry, Helland says, “Enough is enough—it’s clear that HSUS cares less about protecting chickens from inhumane treatment and more about making it impossible to produce eggs or raise poultry in America.”
In an interview with Brownfield, Helland says Protect the Harvest is going to be more aggressive than some other groups have been, in taking on HSUS and other animal rights groups.