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Where I am

I am no longer posting on Beefbite’s – law school is keeping me busy!

If you want to keep track of me I post on a couple group blogs. Food For Thought is a group of K-Staters working to advocate for agriculture. I also write for NCBA’s Young Producer’s Council (YPC) Blog Cattle Call.

You can also check out my Web site at cgoodcomm.com or follow me on Twitter. I tweet from cgoodcomm.

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Funny Poster

I received this from a contact on an animal welfare listserve I’m on this morning and thought I’d share it with you.

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PETA’s Attempt to Capitalize on Tiller’s Death

A colleague sent me a link to this story about PETA’s plans to put up billboards in Wichita urging people to go vegetarian. The catch; These billboards attempt to appeal to both sides of the abortion debate in the wake of the murder of abortion doctor George Tiller.

One version of the billboard says, “Pro-Life? Go Vegetarian.” The other says, “Pro-Choice? Choose Vegetarian.”

What’s really interesting is the comments following the story. They’re almost exclusively form people who are fed up with PETA’s tactics.

“This is just nuts. A man is killed and they want us to be vegetarian. Some people will go to any lengths to be noticed,” one commenter wrote.

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Michigan Farm Bureau hits YouTube

Michigan Farm Bureau has kicked off their YouTube channel with a six-part series on animal welfare. Read what they have to say about it and watch the first video in the series, featuring Michigan State Animal Welfare Specialist Janice Swanson.

“This six part series takes a real look at the animal welfare issue and tells the truth about how agriculture cares for their animals. Todays farmers provide care to their animals based upon knowledge, science and practices that have been time honored, tested and truly provide what is best for the animal. They are also impacted by legislative efforts and outside interest group agendas that cause the entire food production industry to be impacted. These videos take a look at the big picture and discuss animal care practices down at the farm level..watch all six segments to get the full story and the real truth. “

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I Love Farmers….They Feed My Soul

Here’s a fun Web site www.ilovefarmers.org created by young people who love farmers and want to know more about where their food comes from.

“Join us as we celebrate a true American hero, the family farmer. We love farmers. They feed our soul,” states the site’s about me section.

You also can buy fun, youthful “I Love Farmers….They Feed My Soul” clothes on the Web site. The site says proceeds “are used to sustain and support a positive, powerful and productive consumer awareness campaign about the value of American family farmers and ranchers!”
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You can also join the I Love Farmers…They Feed My Soul facebook group or follow them on Twitter.

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Convicted dog fighter Michael Vick teams with the HSUS

You couldn’t turn on the T.V. or radio yesterday without hearing about former NFL quarterback and convicted dog fighter Michael Vick’s release from prison. However, the news that caught me off guard was the decision of HSUS to team with Vick in an anti dog fighting campaign. It seems unlikely that Vick has had a sudden change of heart on this issue. However, I’m a fan of giving people second chances. What concerns me is figuring out where HSUS’s true motives lie.

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Here’s what the Center for Consumer Freedom has to say:

Good Newz for Michael Vick is Bad Newz for HSUS

Yesterday afternoon the Associated Press broke some peculiar news about the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS): The disingenuously named animal rights group has forged an alliance with disgraced NFL quarterback Michael Vick. Given the group’s well-publicized campaigns against dogfighting (a rare issue on which we wholeheartedly agree with the anti-meat giant), HSUS’s sudden change of heart about the convicted dog abuser may come as a surprise. It shouldn’t. Because as we’re telling the media today, HSUS has a history of tapping into the Michael Vick case for its own gain.

Let’s recap: Vick was indicted for his dogfighting operation on July 17, 2008. Less than twenty-four hours later, HSUS was raising money on the promise that funds would be used to “care for” Vick’s dogs. Then The New York Times reported that the group had absolutely nothing to do with “caring for” the animals. Again, no surprise — HSUS doesn’t operate a single pet shelter anywhere in America.

In fact, HSUS President Wayne Pacelle told the Times he had no idea who rescued the dogs, or where they were. But whoever had them, Pacelle advised, ought to kill them.

We publicized this deception, and HSUS quietly altered its fundraising pitch.

Fast-forward to this week. Now that most of Vick’s dogs are being rehabilitated (without the help or blessing of HSUS), the group is welcoming their oppressor with open arms, fresh from the slammer.

Why?

Pacelle says it’s because Vick can use his influence to tell kids that dogfighting is uncool. But here’s our guess: HSUS knows that most Americans are dog lovers. And Vick’s early release from federal prison is a great opportunity to turn that sympathy into donations for its anti-meat, anti-dairy, and anti-medical-research campaigns. Again.

Animal advocates everywhere should demand that HSUS return the money it raised on the false promise that it would do something distinctly humane. Is that too much to ask from a “humane society”?

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Rush wises up?

About a moth ago I wrote a post encouraging readers to contact Rush Limbaugh and express their concerns about his affiliation with HSUS.

It looks like efforts to do so by many animal agriculture enthusiasts may have paid off as the HSUS logo and the PSA’s have disappeared from Rush’s website and HSUS has taken them off their website.

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