This is a really good article from the Wall Street Journal (subscribers only)
While the subject is not hunting with hounds, it is about how the animal rights groups are successful in turning public opinion. We help them by not educating the public on the value of what we do. In England, the anti movement took advantage of the lack of comment and defense by foxhunters for foxhunting. In England, the logic was that it was part of their history, a legal pastime and their God-given right. The same thing is happening today in the USA and around the world: the animal rights groups are campaigning to close down animal farming and turn our children into vegans. Animal Agriculture tried to ignore them and keep a low profile. They, too, stayed away from other AR targets such as hunters. Who would think animal rights groups would go after our food supply? After all isn’t it our right to eat the food as we always have? But, now with the wolf’s breath on their necks, animal agriculture has stepped up to the plate to join us.
HSUS and PETA have long targeted medical research using animals. It started with trying to prevent using animals to test cosmetics. It was easy for the public to agree that animals need not suffer for human vanity. In the USA, the recent banning of horses for human consumption set the stage for such bans on other livestock. If we shouldn’t eat horses, which are livestock and have been eaten for centuries, than why should we eat cows, pigs and chickens?