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Farmers Blast Extremist Activist Group HSUS

This new coalition includes cattlemen, corn and soybean growers, and poultry and dairy producers.

Farm groups are teaming up to blast what they call an "extreme" animal rights agenda moving into Nebraska. With Husker Harvest Days as their backdrop, cattlemen and corn growers have come out against the Humane Society of the U.S. (HSUS).

Farmers say the name creates the confusion. They say HSUS does very little for local shelters where you might adopt a dog. Instead, farmers claim the group is out to eliminate livestock production.

"We Support Agriculture" is a new campaign formed through discussions over the last year. Pork Producers President Dave Harrington, of St. Paul, MN, says his belief is that HSUS wants to put him out of business.

He says, "In reality what they want to do is eliminate animal agriculture. Their goal is to take meat production out of the system. Right or wrong, it's very important to most people in America."

The head of HSUS says no one does more hands-on work than they do and calls this a smear campaign.

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