It’s Thanksgiving time again, so it didn’t shock us to see news stories of scantily clad “Puritans” from the notorious People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) handing out Tofurky. If you can’t guess from the name, Tofurky is a fake-meat, vegan replacement for turkey. The news reminded us of a little-known fact: Tofurky is the only food product bearing Humane Society of the United States’ logo.
We don’t care if you choose to eat Tofurky or the real thing. That’s each person’s decision to make. But it’d be nice if HSUS stopped pretending that it’s for “humane” meat, eggs, and dairy products when, in fact, it isn’t.
After all, in a moment of rare clarity a few years back, HSUS’s vice president for farm animal issues revealed that HSUS’s goal is to “get rid of the entire industry.” In other words, HSUS wants all Thanksgiving dinner tables to be turkey-free, and without pads of butter for the rolls. Somehow, that doesn’t make it into HSUS’s fundraising appeals.
If you want to read more about ungrateful activists, our executive director wrote about some—including HSUS and PETA—over at The Daily Caller. But we’d like to give some positive shout-outs instead of just pointing to HSUS’s deception.
First, we should thank the animals themselves, for providing us companionship, food, or whatever the case may be. We should thank farmers who raise their animals well. And we should thank pet shelters for caring for companion animals that need food and shelter.
It’s almost time for our second annual “Shelter Supply Saturday” event. But you should support your local pet shelter as much as you can throughout the year. And if you’re feeling particularly generous this Thursday, slip your own pets some food under the table.