The pro-agriculture advocacy group Protect the Harvest wants Wayne Pacelle, President and CEO of the Humane Society of the United States to apologize. During a recent interview, Pacelle said he rejects the idea that “the truth is in the middle” in the struggle between animal rights and animal agriculture. Pacelle went on to say, “I don’t think the truth was in the middle when our nation fought about child labor or slavery”.
Erik Helland – board member with Protect the Harvest thinks Pacelle was out of line. “To even put American farmers in the same sentence, in the same phrase as slave holders is preposterous,” he says. “It is absolutely insulting.
Helland tells Brownfield activist organizations like HSUS present the ag industry with serious challenges. “We’re up against a multi-million dollar PR (public relations) machine, filled with people dedicated to tearing down traditional agriculture,” he says. “It’s an uphill battle – but not one that we (the agriculture industry) are going to give up on.”
Helland says volunteer organizations like Protect the Harvest have to work together and support American agriculture on a united front.