Commentary: The Hammer – Dairy Carrie – strikes again

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On Jan. 17, president and CEO of the Humane Society of the United States Wayne Pacelle wrote an open letter to agriculture's journalist and leaders. In short, Pacelle acknowledged not everyone would agree with HSUS’ initiative, but felt “disappointment in the tone of coverage given to The HSUS by more than a few members of the agricultural press over the last several years.”

Pacelle, a man whose HSUS online description begins with, “few are in a position to speak for the animals like Wayne Pacelle. As President and CEO of The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), he leads the nation's largest animal protection organization in the mission of celebrating animals and confronting cruelty.”

Pacelle, a man who has just met his match.

Her name is Dairy Carrie, aka Carrie Chestnut Mess, aka The Hammer. For those who don’t know her, she’s a Wisconsin dairy farmer, blogger and advocate who is not to be reckoned with.

In July, she took on Panera Bread Company and their EZ Chicken campaign, which painted a picture of modern agriculture being lazy and profit hungry – her outcry eventually resulted in a phone conversation from Panera’s chief marketing officer Michael Simon.

When Chipotle launched their scarecrow marketing campaign using fear and deception to sell overpriced burritos, Dairy Carrie had it covered. When Hollywood man candy Ryan Gosling tried his hand at educating the National Milk Producers Federation about dehorning practices, well, let’s just say his words didn’t make her go weak at the knees.

As an AgChat Foundation leader, Dairy Carrie informs the general public daily about life in the dairy industry through blogging, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and guest speaking. She’s willing to talk about the realities of raising dairy cattle, which isn’t glamorous most days, all in an effort to raise awareness about modern agriculture.

And she’s at it again – calling a spade a spade, and cutting through the bull with sharp facts and common sense. This time Dairy Carrie is calling out Mr. Pacelle in an open letter to the HSUS leader himself.

Highlights from the Feb. 10 letter question HSUS for an approximate $.01 of every $1.00 donated going to local shelters and how the organization instead uses money for a trade show.

“I was told by Joe Maxwell, HSUS Vice President of Outreach and Engagement, that while you don’t give very much money to local animal shelters you help shelter animals by putting on the largest trade show for rescues and humane societies out there. A trade show?” stated Dairy Carrie, who claims to have personally fostered more than 30 dogs.

Then she did the math, and things didn’t add up to her satisfaction. According to Dairy Carrie, Maxwell said HSUS is “directly responsible for the placement of 100,000 pets last year.”

And she was quick to point out of the $120 million dollars spent last year by HSUS, the organization was able to help only 1 percent find homes – 1 percent.

HSUS is commonly known for their “Three R” approach – Reduce, Refine and Replace.

In a nut shell, replacing and reducing meat and animal-based foods by switching to a plant-based diet.

It doesn’t take much thought to realize this approach supports the abolishment of animal agriculture. As Dairy Carrie pointed out, she believes HSUS is missing one R – Redundant.

“Your goal is for us to both reduce and replace meat in our diets. That agenda is where the dollars donated are going. That is what The Humane Society of the United States stands for,” she concluded.

It will be interesting to see the feedback from Dairy Carrie’s response letter from animal rights activists and people in animal agriculture.

So until the next controversial event – hammer on, Dairy Carrie, hammer on.

What is your response to her open letter to Wayne Pacelle? Leave us a comment below. 

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Julio Maldonado    
Puerto Rico  |  February, 11, 2014 at 06:39 PM

Hi: Well done for Dairy Cariee . About time the fundamentalist from hsus being told the truth about their agenda. hsus use the money to buy for themselves the better clothes, that is what they say around the world. Is it true, I ask. . What is the annual salary of the flambouyant president of the hsus?.hsus spent the money of their donors on all but shelters. It is about time they say how much money they gives to politicians and political rallys. It will interesting to know a specific use of the money they received from donors. hsus work undercover to find some mistake anywhere,(there will allways be, after all we are humans), to start a publicity of fear and hatred against everything they dislike, it sounds like policy of hate that is led from certain countries. Do hsus receives money from those countries too? Is a question. Keep on doing good Dairy Carie.

Randy Janssen    
San Antonio  |  February, 12, 2014 at 05:42 AM

The HSUS is not your local animal shelter. The HSUA has been hijacked by radical animal rights activist. It is an over 150 million dollar corporation that spends almost every dime it gets on obscene salaries and filing lawsuits. It raises money by showing ads of cute dogs and cats, but it spends less then 1 cent on the dollar to feed and shelter cats and dogs. More and more members of congress are questioning the tax free status of the HSUS because of its political activities. The HSUS IS AGAINST RODEO AND WESTERN TRADITIONS. IT IS FOR A VEGETERIAN LIFE STYLE AND AGAIST EATING MEAT. The HSUS has been accused of paying employes to abuse animals and videoing the abuse as proof that meat production should be stopped. The HSUS wants to change our eating habits and standard of living by outlawing factory farming methods which are used on family farms. The HSUS is bad for America so don't applaud its lackeys. If you want to support something think about giving to the child fund, St. Jude, the Wounded Warriors, or you local food bank. If you want to help animals, give money to you local animal shelter. Giving money to the HSUS is giving money to a large bureaucracy that waste it on salaries and litigation. It claims to do good but if you really look at what it does, it only piggybacks on the work of local organizations.

Corrine Wynne    
February, 12, 2014 at 11:02 AM

We dont give to HSUS we donated local. The Result a director fired from the local Humane Society for euthanizing animals for a year Without a license , and shelter operated without a Euthanasia licence, 9 board members Knew and Resigned. Monies,missing, closed shelter this week . The local rescue in the next city o ver just was investigated for missing donations,.funding, and they are registered with Humane Watch as a Good Shelter. Dept of Ag investigated them for cruelty

corrine wymne    
February, 12, 2014 at 11:10 AM

The area animal regulation director for that County was charged with abuse, punching a man, illegal seizure of animals, allowing abuse of animals b y family members, and embezzling quarte of million dollars of donated estate to animal regulation. So HSUS is the worst? Sangamon County animal Control didnt remove over 100 dead and dying animals knowing they were there. Then recently they had a dog left outside to die in the freezing cold in their pet kennels for excersize . Then r Indiana.....shall I continue. Your Humane Watch Isnt helping and Carrie is

corrine wynne    
February, 12, 2014 at 11:12 AM

Carrie is Not checking the facts on unreliable Local Shelters!

Centennial, CO  |  February, 12, 2014 at 11:40 AM

Way to be an AGvocate by laying out the facts, Carrie!

Colo  |  February, 12, 2014 at 01:17 PM

Great letter, Carrie. Your truth to their power is a breath of fresh air. If you get a reply from Wayno, could you please forward it to the wide audience at Drovers.

Daren Williams    
Denver, CO  |  February, 12, 2014 at 02:00 PM

The HAMMER! I love it :) Thanks, Carrie, for being such an effective voice for farmers and ranchers. And somehow you find time to milk the cows in the midst of it all! Few are in a position to speak for the animals like the farmers and ranchers who care for them every day and actually know what it takes to raise animals to produce food!

Tim Munns    
utah  |  February, 12, 2014 at 04:51 PM

Way to go Dairy Carrie, keep up the good work.

February, 13, 2014 at 08:59 PM

Good for you. Take care of the locals. When it leaves home you don't know how it is used.

February, 13, 2014 at 08:59 PM

Good for you. Take care of the locals. When it leaves home you don't know how it is used.

February, 13, 2014 at 08:59 PM

Good for you. Take care of the locals. When it leaves home you don't know how it is used.

John Cremeans    
Willow Wood, OH  |  February, 14, 2014 at 10:04 AM

I just want to thank Dairy Carrie for pointing out that the HSUS is no more than a money grabbing outfit that does little to nothing for the welfare of animals.

Bailes Cattle    
Louisiana  |  February, 14, 2014 at 10:15 AM

A woman that knows and knows she knows is hard to best. She is spot on. Well done Dairy Cariee

Alan Larsen    
omaha,ne  |  February, 15, 2014 at 01:12 PM

We in agriculture support your facts but you haven't touched on the amount of money HSUS spends on litigation every year to the cost of All consumers.

Dave Thompson    
Illinois  |  February, 15, 2014 at 01:38 PM

Corrine: please don't condem local animal shelters because of one or two bad apples. Everyone should check out charities before donating their hard earned dollars. H$U$ goal is to make us all vegans. They are trying to make Animal Ag products more expensive to the consumer AND they are doing that by making it more expensive to produce our products. They accomplished this in calif. by passing Prop 2. Any monies donated o H$U$ will most likely be spent to lobby for detrimental laws to Animal Ag. And yet they continue to receive favorable tax status as a CHARITY!!! EVERYONE, please continue to ask agricultural groups and congressmen / women to cancel this favorable tax status.

NJ  |  March, 02, 2014 at 03:33 PM

Joe Maxwell's statement that "HSUS was directly responsible for the placement of 100,000 pets last year" is a total and complete LIE. When caught lying, HSUS generally responds with an even bigger lie, but this one is unprecedented. Maxwell needs to back up his claims with a detailed list of placements HSUS was directly responsible for. An itemized list, state by state, along with dollar amounts spent and granted to each local shelter and rescue group involved. HSUS was DIRECTLY directly involved in a few hundred placements last year. Maybe less. Awaiting a reply from Mr. Maxwell or an HSUS flak or two.

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