The group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals has applied for a booth at the Nebraska State Fair, which is about a month away.
Nebraska Pork Producers President Shane Meyer, of Diller, says while PETA has a right to have a booth at the event, the move by the animal rights group doesn’t make a lot of sense.
“The disappointing part to me is, it shows exactly what kind of group they are,” Meyer says. “It would be like the pork and beef people going into a vegetarian convention and setting up a booth. It’s a little bit of a slap in the face.”
Meyer says what bothers him more is that the head of the Humane Society of the United States will be in Nebraska this week trying to enlist more support for his cause.
“That’s one that’s probably more concerning for me because they seem to have a little bit more clout and power than PETA,” Meyer says. “They’re getting some of the smaller pig farmers, some of the guys who still raise pigs in the dirt lots, they’re getting them convinced to try to push big versus little.”
Meyer says he thinks HSUS is more about politics, money and ending animal agriculture than it is about anything else.
HSUS President and CEO Wayne Pacelle will speak in Lincoln on Thursday, tour a dairy and meet with ag producers who are HSUS members. Pacelle says his group does not want to eliminate animal agriculture, but wants to bring all people into the discussion of how best to treat animals.
He says HSUS is happy to have vegetarians as members as well as farmers and ranchers. He says everyone’s common goal should be to oppose cruelty to animals in all its forms.
By Jerry Oster, WNAX, Yankton