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HSUS Forms Wisconsin Agriculture Council
Wisconsin Ag Connection - 01/21/2015

The Humane Society of the United States has announced the formation of its Wisconsin Agriculture Council. The controversial animal rights organization said Monday that the program aims to unite local farmers and agriculturalists to foster better animal welfare and environmental stewardship in the state.

The Wisconsin initiative is the ninth in HSUS' growing system of state agriculture councils, the group said in a press release.

"The Wisconsin Agriculture Council will work to promote humane and sustainable agriculture in Wisconsin. This includes assisting other family farmers with marketing opportunities for humane and sustainable products and helping fellow farmers transition to practices that adhere to higher animal welfare standards," said Spokesperson Naseem Amini. "According to the Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism, the number of Wisconsin dairy CAFOs (concentrated animal feeding operations or 'factory farms') has more than quadrupled since 2000. CAFOs require extreme animal confinement, can cause environmental havoc, and oftentimes pushes family farmers off the land. The HSUS Wisconsin Agriculture Council hopes to educate people on CAFOs to protect animals, the land, and rural communities in the state."

Founding members of the new council include Genie Metoyer, Fresh For Life Organics, Richford; Lea Dolan Stroncek, Seven Seeds Organic Farm, Spring Green; Mike Miles, Anathoth Community Farm, Luck; and Rhonda Carrell, Wood County, hobby farmer and citizens group member.

HSUS is known for being one of the groups that oppose large CAFOs, animal abuse on all farms and is a plaintiff in the ongoing court battles to protect gray wolves.

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