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Activists’ conferences share anti-animal agriculture agenda

Two of the nation’s largest animal rights events recently put animal agriculture under attack, according to the pro-industry Animal Agriculture Alliance (AAA). The conferences were Animal Rights 2010 (AR 2010) and Taking Action for Animals (TAFA), sponsored by the Humane Society of the United States. Both meetings were in Washington, D.C., last month. The AAA provided this report:

The conferences brought together more than 1,000 activists to discuss the animal rights movement’s political strategy. Speakers provided attendees with tactics to target animal agriculture through demonstrations, litigation and ballot initiatives. Activist leaders taught attendees how to fund raise and share videos from undercover operations.

Both conferences encouraged attendees to prey on the fears of the unknowing public by spreading misinformation about the way farmers and ranchers care for their animals. As evidence of the animal rights movement’s focus on animal agriculture, some of TAFA’s most popular sessions included “Advocating for Animals in Congress” and “Building a Better Future for Farm Animals.” Workshops for AR 2010 included, “Understanding the Mentality of Meat,” “Conducting Investigations” and “Marketing Our Message.”

The AAA also provided key quotes from both conferences, including:

“We should distinguish our message from less meat, because what we want is no meat.” – Carrie Freeman, professor at Georgia State University.

“Owning animals is the equivalent of slavery.” – Hope Bohannon, with the California-based group, In Defense of Animals.

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“I have no problem with breaking and entering, destroying labs, burning buildings, and busting open cages.” – Camille Hankins, spokesperson for the Animal Liberation Front.

“I dream of a vegan world – that’s where I want everything to go.” – Gene Baur, founder of Farm Sanctuary.

Two of the nation’s largest animal rights events recently put animal agriculture under attack, according to the pro-industry Animal Agriculture Alliance (AAA). The conferences were Animal Rights 2010 (AR 2010) and Taking Action for Animals (TAFA), sponsored by the Humane Society of the United States. Both meetings were in Washington, D.C., last month. The AAA provided this report:

The conferences brought together more than 1,000 activists to discuss the animal rights movement’s political strategy. Speakers provided attendees with tactics to target animal agriculture through demonstrations, litigation and ballot initiatives. Activist leaders taught attendees how to fund raise and share videos from undercover operations.

Both conferences encouraged attendees to prey on the fears of the unknowing public by spreading misinformation about the way farmers and ranchers care for their animals. As evidence of the animal rights movement’s focus on animal agriculture, some of TAFA’s most popular sessions included “Advocating for Animals in Congress” and “Building a Better Future for Farm Animals.” Workshops for AR 2010 included, “Understanding the Mentality of Meat,” “Conducting Investigations” and “Marketing Our Message.”

The AAA also provided key quotes from both conferences, including:

“We should distinguish our message from less meat, because what we want is no meat.” – Carrie Freeman, professor at Georgia State University.

“Owning animals is the equivalent of slavery.” – Hope Bohannon, with the California-based group, In Defense of Animals.

“I have no problem with breaking and entering, destroying labs, burning buildings, and busting open cages.” – Camille Hankins, spokesperson for the Animal Liberation Front.

“I dream of a vegan world – that’s where I want everything to go.” – Gene Baur, founder of Farm Sanctuary.

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