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Greetings From San Antonio, More HSUS Hoopla

img_0795.JPG Greetings from beautiful San Antonio, TX! I just landed late last night to take part in the 2010 Cattle Industry Annual Convention and Trade Show. Today, I will be taking part as an afternoon speaker at the NCBA Masters of Beef Advocacy commencement ceremony. Throughout the remainder of the week, I will be meeting with cattle industry colleagues and friends in the trade show at the BEEF booth, as well as listening in on the informative seminars and workshops scheduled on the agenda. It's going to be a great week, and just like I reported the highlights from the 2010 American Farm Bureau Federation's annual meeting, I will keep you up-to-date on all the happenings here in Texas. Until things start rolling down here, I thought I would share multiple Humane Society of the U.S. (HSUS) headlines for your review this morning. Read on for the full scoop on the latest HSUS hoopla.

The Myth of the Humane Society of the United States (as written by BEEF Daily reader and University of Richmond Law student, John Dillard)

I recently viewed a commercial for the Humane Society of the United States. It contained footage of pets suffering from abuse. The footage of dirty cats with split ears to dogs visibly suffering from neglect and malnourishment was intended to tug at the heartstrings of anyone with half a heart. In addition to the animal footage, the commercial featured the lady from Just Shoot Me asking the viewers to commit to a $19 monthly pledge to help save these animals from abuse and neglect. The funds raised by the ad campaign would ostensibly be used to fund animal rescue efforts and animal adoption services.

Vermont Bill Would Authorize HSUS to Oversee Livestock Commerce in the State (Source: Oklahoma Farm Report; By: Ron Hays)

It's almost unbelievable- but a Vermont lawmaker has introduced a bill that would authorize that "An inspector who is a representative of a the Humane Society of the U.S., a Vermont-domiciled humane society, or similar organization approved by rule of the secretary, shall be present to observe a slaughterer, packer, or stockyard operator when engaged in the practice of bleeding or slaughtering livestock."

Humane Society Wants Bureau Help on Docking (Source: Agweek)

Will Minnesota become a battleground between the animal agriculture industry and the Humane Society of the United States? One speaker at a Strategic Animal Agriculture Conference in Willmar, Minn., thinks so. He thinks the state soon will be in the crosshairs of the Humane Society of the United States.