Groups Disagree On Animal Agriculture


By Brandon Smith

Attorney General Jon Bruning made an appearance in Kearney Monday as he presented a six-figure check to a group against the Humane Society of the United States.

Bruning took some shots at the U.S. Humane Society as well, citing their opposition to cattle farming.

"Nebraska is an agriculture-based state; our economy is largely driven on agriculture and so we're providing $100,000 to that coalition to stand up for agriculture," said Jon Bruning, Nebraska's Attorney General.

That money is going to a group called "We Support Agriculture" -- and came from settlements from those who polluted Nebraska's air and water. It aims to educate their farmers and ranchers, as well as groups opposing them.

"Raise awareness to some groups like the Humane Society of the United States, that frankly want to end meat from people's diet,"said Jay Rempe, with Nebraska Farm Bureau.

"They are advertising puppies on TV, but then they come in here with a founder trying to end meat consumption in America. We are always willing to talk I'm just have to say I'm a little skeptical this H.S.U.S. founder. He's a very militant activist against agriculture," said Bruning.

However, the H.S.U.S. denied these allegations, saying they aren't against animal agriculture and hope the support from the Attorney General isn't to boost political status.

"I guessed in the past that they made this political to gain membership and raise money for campaigns. I'm hoping that's not what are agriculture from Nebraska is doing considering we've worked with him in the past and had a lot of respect for him. I hope he's just not trying to create some villain, so he can fill his own war chest as he looks towards future elections," said Joe Maxwell, of the U.S. Humane Society.