Wednesday, June 20, 2007

More of Wayne Pacelle's less-than-truthful Congressional testimony exposed

I commented about a month ago about how HSUS president Wayne Pacelle offered up untrue testimony before the House Agriculture Committee while testifying about animal welfare in agriculture. I pointed out that Pacelle made the false claim that a cow having "mad cow" disease entered the U.S. food supply. Now, Pacelle has been called out by swine veterinarians for yet more dubious testimony at the same hearings, in which Pacelle also made the claim that pigs could contract "mad cow" disease. This article points out, that in fact, "mad cow " has never naturally occurred in pigs. Tom Burkgren, executive director of the American Association of Swine Veterinarians, said of Pacelle's assertion: "There was very little science. The testimony was basically sensationalism and fear mongering.". Indeed. But that is generally what comes out of the AR movement. Lots of lies, sensationalism, and emotionalism, but very little in the way of facts or scientific truths. If Pacelle is willing to be less than truthful when testifying in front of the duly elected representatives of the people about agriculture, then how can we trust him and his organization to tell the truth on issues like wildlife management, scientific research, or anything else that that HSUS seeks to influence public policy on?

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