According to HumaneWatch.org, 25% of Americans believe animals should have the same rights as people. That would mean your dog, Fluffy, could sue you if some lawyer deems her dog food isn’t adequate. It also would mean finished steers couldn’t be slaughtered because it would be considered murder. It sounds ridiculous, but that doesn’t mean animal rights groups won’t inch their way toward that extreme by using strategic legislation and litigation efforts.
A Closer Look: HSUS Lawyers Busy Suing Agriculture
Last Monday was National Vegetarian Day, and the rest of this month is marked to celebrate those who abstain from animal products in their everyday lives. This offers animal rights activists the opportunity to promote their latest campaigns, one of which is to regulate ranchers out of business and liberate our livestock, while also encouraging vegetarians to take it one step further and go vegan.
Of course, I won’t be partaking in this month of vegetarian eating. Instead, I fully plan to participate in October’s National Pork Month. As HSUS is busy suing the National Pork Board and the pork checkoff program, I plan to enjoy my fill of bacon, pork chops and pork roasts, as well as ham in my omelets.
For those of you on the fence about whether a vegetarian lifestyle might be superior to one that includes meat, I would like to share a graphic that I found on the Team Beef South Dakota Facebook page last week.
Comparing four different foods for calories and grams of protein, beef is, without a doubt, the superior choice. Calorie-for-calorie, beef trumps soy tofu cubes, black beans and peanut butter; plus it tastes way better and is much more satisfying than choking down these vegetarian protein alternatives.
According to Team Beef South Dakota, “All four food choices contain 25g of protein, but which has the fewest calories? A 3-oz. serving of lean beef contains 25g protein and only 180 calories; 1¼-cup raw soy tofu cubes contains 25 g protein and 236 calories; 1½- cup serving of black beans contain 25g protein and 374 calories; 7 tablespoons peanut butter contains 25g protein and 670 calories.”
Over the weekend, the North Dakota CattleWomen sponsored their first-ever Beefin’ It Up 5K/10K Run and Walk in Mandan, where they promoted beef and raised money to purchase beef nutrition books for elementary schools. This is one way beef producers are actively promoting beef as a part of a healthy diet, and showing athletes that they can ditch the expensive protein bars and stick with beef as their fuel of choice.
A Closer Look: Join Team ZIP To Support Beef Nutrition Education In Schools
Join me this month of October in promoting healthy beef and pork as a part of a healthy, well-balanced diet. I don’t know about you, but I’m pretty disgusted about HSUS teaming up with farmers to sue the beef and pork checkoff programs, and while I’ll continue to follow the saga with interest, I’m also going to focus on being proactive and sharing the positive news about animal agriculture. Will you?