The farce of ‘Meatless Monday’ – and other animal rights fantasies

By Gene Hall

I sometimes enjoy a bowl of broccoli soup, rice and beans (though they’re a lot better with ham) or other non-meat fare.  I make it a point to never do this on PETA’s and HSUS’s pointless holiday, Meatless Monday.  Perhaps I would reconsider if HSUS joined me in Sirloin Saturday, Filet Mignon Friday, T-Bone Tuesday, Chicken and Dumplings Sunday or Pork Chop Wednesday.  Sorry, I couldn’t alliterate the last two.

The CNN Eatocracy website recently advocated HSUS’s position of a meatless world. HSUS sometimes says–amazingly, without snickering–that they are not necessarily advocating veganism or vegetarianism, just “cruelty free.”  Of course, they believe eating animals is cruel, so perhaps this is not as dishonest as it seems at first. If veganism or vegetarianism is not the goal, then pray tell, why do we need a “Meatless” Monday?  Forgive me for answering my own question.  It’s to diminish the demand and market for meat, thus serving the long-term goal of a world without meat.

This change of strategy has evolved over the last decade, but there is no change of purpose. HSUS and PETA, two sides of the same coin, are willing to accept the consumption of meat for now, but the goal of eliminating animal agriculture over the long haul has not changed.

Various web searches will pull up several animal rights positions of HSUS.  If these have ever been refuted, Google is hiding it from me.  This is not an unreasonable mission for an animal rights/anti-meat organization, but it’s a head scratcher if that’s not your goal.

We are told on the CNN propaganda site that we can also support laws “so that the pig can turn around” and advocate other laws and rules.  The ultimate result of these, again, is a world without meat.

HSUS is an animal rights organization, intent on driving animal agriculture out of business.  They are different from PETA only as a matter of patience and strategy.  Otherwise, Meatless Monday is a farce without a point.  You have the right to request a cruelty-free bacon cheeseburger, but animal rights groups would prefer that meat disappear from the menu–everyone’s menu.

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Gene Hall

Public Relations Director
Texas Farm Bureau
I believe that the only hope for a food secure world is capitalism and reasonable profits for America’s farm and ranch families–that the first element of sustainability is economic survival.
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2 Responses to “The farce of ‘Meatless Monday’ – and other animal rights fantasies”

  1. Appreciate the story, Gene. Thanks for sharing your perspective.

    AP

  2. I appreciate your passion for this topic, but some information is missing, and other information is a little misleading. Meatless Monday is not a program of PETA or the Humane Society, as you state. Those organizations may be its most ardent supporters, and have co-opted it to emphasize their own agendas, but they did not create it. Meatless Monday is an initiative that originates with the non-profit Monday Campaigns, in cooperation with three schools of public health, including Johns Hopkins. It is just one of many Monday campaigns focused on health (Monday, just because that’s when most of us vow to make changes). The folks who created this project are not attempting to undermine the meat industry as you so fervently state. Their staff is not all vegans and vegetarians — they are simply concerned with our overall health and well-being. Good, lean animal protein in moderation is a great addition to a balanced diet. But, let’s face it: Americans aren’t moderate about anything and lean is seldom the first choice. I had an opportunity to meet and talk with Monday Campaign’s president, Peggy Neu, and asked whether her organization was trying to end meat consumption among Americans. She was quite clear that Meatless Monday is NOT trying to put an end to meat consumption, or the industry. Yes, it’s true — they do care about how our natural resources are distributed and about the humane and ethical treatment of livestock. Farmers and ranchers care about these subjects, too; their livelihoods depend in it. Meatless Monday is simply a health prompt, to make people more conscious of what they eat and how it affects them and their planet. Is that a bad thing? We have farmers who cultivate row crops that no doubt benefit from Meatless Monday. As a society of eaters, we will never give up our meat. Yet, maybe with campaigns like Meatless Monday, we can be more mindful of why we eat it, how much we eat, and the living conditions of our livestock. Does that really sound pointless? Oh, and in case you believe me to be a vegan or vegetarian, I’ll tell you that my dinner last night consisted of a thick Texas ribeye, fresh Texas raised vegetables, and a dessert of peach cobbler made with Texas peaches and Bluebell ice cream. I support Texas agriculture by the bite — bites that usually include meat. Kind regards.

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