Yesterday was Earth Day, and we felt it was an apt time to clear the air over at The Daily Caller about the PETA-fueled myth that eating meat causes ecological destruction. But more importantly, Congressman Steve King (R-Iowa) penned his own piece on the animal-rights “Humane Society” of the United States in The Baltimore Sun. Citing our research and our website HumaneWatch.org, Rep. King points out that despite the “humane society” in its name, HSUS earmarks less than one percent of its budget as grants to local, hands-on pet shelters. Coming from a farm state, he also knows that HSUS is a threat to honest livestock farmers everywhere:

Farmers and ranchers across the country have long known what many Americans are just now learning. The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) is a political machine masquerading as an umbrella organization for local humane societies.

HSUS solicits money from well-intentioned but often uninformed animal lovers and uses these donations to lobby Congress for an anti-meat, anti-animal-agriculture agenda….

Leaders of this organization have made statements indicating they would like to see animal agriculture end. John "J.P." Goodwin, the manager of Animal Fighting Issues at HSUS, told AR-Views, an animal rights Internet discussion group, that his "goal is the abolition of all animal agriculture."…  Paul Shapiro, senior director of HSUS' factory farming campaign, told a Colorado audience in 2003 that "eating meat causes animal cruelty." HSUS has given funding to the notorious anti-meat organization People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals.

Read the whole piece here.