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Get This: HSUS Targeting 4-H Kids

Published Apr. 9, 2010 | Discuss this article on Facebook

BEEFMagazine.com  |  Amanda Nolz  |  April 1st, 2010

As a kid, 4-H consumed my life. Through this youth program, I was able to try new things and learn from my experiences. Whether it was judging photography, showing steers and heifers, competing in speaking contests or making fun crafts, 4-H opens up huge opportunities for kids in agriculture. Just like Carrie Underwood appealed to kids about becoming a vegetarian on PBS Kids a few years ago, I was told that Humane Society of the U.S. (HSUS) was recently given the chance to push their political agenda on teens at the 2010 National 4-H Conference on March 20-25, 2010.

4-H is an organization based on integrity, hard work, service to others and a passion for agriculture, yet, it certainly seems like nothing is sacred anymore. HSUS went directly to the future food producers of America to advance their mission to abolish animal agriculture and eliminate meat and dairy products from our diets. After reading their handout for kids at the conference, “Mission: Humane Action Guide” for teens, it’s quite obvious they are trying to convert wholesome farm kids to campaigning, lobbying HSUS activists. Keep reading; you won’t believe the propaganda they are pushing on today’s youth.

The propaganda passed out during one of the workshops at the conference showed kids how to write letters to the editor, start a club, appeal to legislators, influence others and push for vegan meals in their school cafeterias. HSUS has 11 million followers, and in 2009, they trained 2,100 activists, and it looks like they are aiming to pull in our youth, as well. Wayne Pacelle (CEO of HSUS) is clearly willing to do anything and everything these days to advance his agendas.

How did we let this happen? Who would have thought 4-H wouldn’t yet know about HSUS and their hidden agendas? Was anyone at the conference? If so, what was said at the workshop? It’s crystal clear that we still have a lot of work to do to educate others, including our colleagues, about the HSUS and their main mission to abolish animal agriculture in this country. We need to get started today. Spread the word and let our voices be heard. We cannot, will not, let HSUS influence kids in agriculture with their well-oiled campaign appeals.

By the way, a great place for kids to get more information about these issues is through this blog. Have you shared this newsletter with your kids, friends and colleagues? Shoot me an email, and I will be happy to sign you up to receive BEEF Daily emails every Monday-Thursday. I would love to have you join the online conversation.

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