Especially since I am a South Dakota farmer.
HSUS has recently released the ranking of South Dakota being found as the least humane state in the United States. Mainly because we do not have laws in place for the standards they have listed as what they consider humane practices.
What are my thoughts on this?
Well, in case you have missed my real thoughts on HSUS click any of the following links to read a bit more about their true cause. And it's not that I disagree with all of their goals as an organization, I just feel that a lot of what they may project to all of us is misleading and misinterpreting.
HSUS Revealed 2
HSUS Part 5
As I read the article that was released in a South Dakota paper, I was more interested in what others had to say about it. It amazed me to read that others truly believe that HSUS's only goal is for more humane treatment of domestic animals. And that they take such great care of their local animal shelters. When in actuality they don't. But, anyway see my links above for more of a visual on where their money goes.
Today I am speaking more so on the farmers and ranchers and our practices.
We may not have the exact standards that HSUS has set in place for what they consider to be the most humane practices. But, we do have humane practices in place on our farm.
Not just because treating animals as humane as possible is a smart business decision, but because we care about the well being of our farms, we care about our livelihood, and we take pride in being a multi-generational farm.
We did not get to the point we are at today by mistreating our animals and using inhumane practices.
We are providing a product as a business and take pride in that product.
Our animals are fed first, before we are. They are fed a ration that is monitored by an animal nutritionist. We treat our animals with antibiotics when they are sick. We monitor them closely during climate changes, often putting their well being before our own.
Just because HSUS (who is an East Coast lobbying group) claims that South Dakotans are inhumane because we do not follow THEIR practices does not mean that we are.
Agriculture is South Dakota's #1 industry and personally we keep it that way because we care about our animals and our land.
All animal abuse is wrong. I firmly believe that. So regardless I think we all would like the same outcome, more humane treatment of all animals. I just don't know how I feel about a lobbying group setting those standards for what determines whether or not we are considered humane.