Rekha Basu's paean to the Humane Society of the United States seems a tough egg to crack [Basu: Humane Society pushed egg industry to change, June 25]. The group's push for egg farms to go cage-free is designed to sound reasonable. However, HSUS has admitted "cage-free" is just a ruse for a more radical agenda.
In October 2006, while speaking on a panel at a festival organised by the Animals and Society Institute, former HSUS Vice President Miyun Park stated that "We don't want any of these animals to be raised and killed" for food, and that the Humane Society ultimately wants to "get rid of the entire industry" of animal agriculture. "Are we saying that cage-free eggs are the way to go? No, that’s not what we’re saying," she admitted, noting that the group's ultimate goal is total veganism.
Cage-free eggs are just a short-term objective that puts farmers under economic pressure by forcing them into extremely costly infrastructure changes. Farms that don't go out of business will face future pressure as HSUS moves the goalposts to push for more self-styled "reforms."
Change in animal agriculture should be driven by consumers, not by radical activists who want to eliminate eggs, dairy, and meat.
— Will Coggin, research director, Center for Consumer Freedom