A Nebraskan is being named chairman of the national agriculture advisory council to the Humane Society of the United States.
Kevin Fulton farms and ranches in Sherman County and says he suggested the idea of the national council to the agency, which opposes animal cruelty.
“Most farmers and ranchers are against cruelty and inhumane practices as well,” Fulton says. “I think a lot of us have common ground and common values with the organization.”
The Humane Society of the U.S. has been strongly criticized by Nebraska’s top leaders, including Governor Pete Ricketts, during the recent battle in the Unicameral over so-called “Right to Farm” legislation. Fulton says the group’s motives are pure.
“They embrace what we’re doing out here on the land, ranchers that focus on humane and sustainable practices,” Fulton says. “I speak to the membership around the country on a regular basis and they absolutely believe in what we’re doing as farmers and raising livestock.”
Many farmers and ranchers support what HSUS is doing, according to Fulton, who says he has several goals in chairing the national council, including promoting proper animal welfare.
“We’re going to promote traditional family farming,” Fulton says. “We’re going to work on federal policy issues. We’re going to help with marketing products, trying to get more farmers involved with humane certification programs so they can get a value-added premium for their products.”
The HSUS calls itself the nation’s largest and most effective animal protection organization.
By Jerry Oster, WNAX, Yankton