OKC-Based Kirkpatrick Foundation Raises Eyebrows with Not-So-Subtle Pro-Vegan MessagesMon, 10 Dec 2018 12:23:08 CST
Prior to the State Question 777 - Right to Farm campaign in Oklahoma two years ago, state ag industry groups were involved with the Kirkpatrick Foundation’s Roundtable for Animal Welfare. After hostile treatment by the organization of the Right to Farm platform, though, those ag groups made the decision to disassociate from the Roundtable. Since then, concerns have been raised regarding the Kirkpatrick Foundation’s increasingly aggressive bias against animal agriculture. Hannah Thompson-Weeman with the Animal Agriculture Alliance, investigated these concerns during a major conference hosted by the group in October of this year. She shared her findings on the group during a recent interview with Radio Oklahoma Ag Network Farm Director Ron Hays.
“We were interested in this group, because we had heard from some of our members in Oklahoma, that they did have some potentially problematic stances on animal care,” she reported. “There are some connections between the group and the Humane Society of the United States and that’s a big red flag for us.”
According to Thompson-Weeman, the AAA sent an associate to attend the group’s recent conference, who reported that all food served during the event was vegan and that some of the major topics of conversation included how the group could promote veganism through the school lunch program. A featured speaker during the event, was Bruce Friedrich, a well-known anti-ag extremist and vocal proponent of veganism. In addition, a recent study was shared with attendees that was conducted to evaluate the welfare and treatment of animals in Oklahoma. The study found that animals in the agribusiness sector were being cared for adequately according to state laws and industry standards. However, those that participated in the report declared that despite the fact that all acceptable standards of care and husbandry were being met - it still was not enough and more should be done.
“This goes along with that idea of the incremental changes approach. They’re going to continue to move the needle until production is unsustainable,” she said. “So, these kind of give you some insight into where this organization may be headed and its definitely one that folks should be paying attention to - because they may be coming up with some policies that are really troublesome for producers.”
Listen to Hannah Thompson-Weeman and Ron Hays discuss the Kirkpatrick Foundation more in depth, on today’s Beef Buzz.
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