Kevin Fulton, of Litchfield, says he was removed from the post by the society’s CEO, Wayne Pacelle. Fulton says a minority of the members promote veganism and give agriculture a bad name.
Fulton says, “There’s a very strong faction of vegan abolitionists there that really resisted our efforts and it caused dissension inside the organization as well as with a lot of our farmers.”
Some of those vegan members, he says, are hurting the organization by pushing forward a radical agenda.
“The final straw for me was their farm animal protection campaign promoting an event called ‘The Future of Food and Farming’ that didn’t include any farmers or food producers, which I thought was unusual,” Fulton says. “Yet they brought in a very radical keynote speaker who promotes bestiality. He says it’s wrong to eat animals but it’s okay to have sex with them, as long as you don’t harm them.”
Fulton says he tried to convince HSUS leaders to make changes that would reflect a more reasonable and ag-friendly approach by the group.
“They’ve given people some really loose reins and allowed them to be bigger than the organization and promote their own agendas,” Fulton says. “I wasn’t going to stand for it and pushed Wayne Pacelle hard and told him if he didn’t make changes, they were going to lose a lot of their farm support and that’s exactly what happened.”
Fulton says six other farmers have left HSUS advisory councils in the past year.
By Jerry Oster, WNAX, Yankton