It’s been noted by many the astounding number of products in every day use that come from the by-products of animal production. These go beyond milk, meat and leather to include everyday products such as adhesives, cosmetics, lubricants, food ingredients, industrial products and a variety of medical products. “The efficient use of the cow is something most people aren’t aware of,” Smith said. “It’s impossible to live in today’s society without using non-human animals in everything we use. That is a powerful message and it is not getting out.”
In an era where everything is based in emotion, there has to be a way to show the adverse impact of suffering on humanity if there was an end to animal agriculture. “We must show the incredible benefit we receive from the proper and humane use of animals,” Smith said. “The intent of the animal rights movement is to destroy research, destroy herds and prevent all of us by law to eat meat, have medical research and some would also like an end to pets. It’s a subversive, anti-human movement and they don’t care about the human harm that will result.”
Animals as litigants?
Smith spoke about the current trend in some legal circles of lawyers wanting animals to be able to sue people directly. “This is a big item on the animal rights agenda. HSUS would like to bring the lawsuits on behalf of animals with intent to destroy your business.”
He said there have been lawsuits in the name of animals, but most are being thrown out. “Cass Sunstein, the President’s regulations czar, has written that he believes animals should be able to sue,” Smith said. “So has a Harvard law professor. It’s coming in the next 5-10 years.”
The animal rights movement has declared war on you, Smith said. “They seek to destroy your work and livelihoods. An attack on one of our groups should be deemed an attack on all. There is no point in sitting down and explaining our business to animal rightists -- they don’t care. We do a much better job explaining the great traditions of animal husbandry and care of animals and the tremendous human benefit that would be lost if activists get their way.”
You must be proud of what you do, Smith stated. “You bring good wholesome nutritious food to the masses. You have to be sure you maintain proper humane standards. Infiltrators will show anomalies are standard practice. You need to stand up for the person being attacked and start being proud of yourselves again. We are omnivores. Trying to push humankind into an unhealthy vegetarian lifestyle is bad for humankind.”