4-H Gets Pushback for HSUS Presentation

Head, Heart, Hands and HSUS?

The National 4-H Organization is catching heat for allowing the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) to make a presentation at the National 4-H Conference in late March.

The focus of the conference’s workshops was supposed to be civic engagement, community service and youth volunteerism.  However, some of those who sat in on the HSUS presentation say the material was more focused on HSUS’ goals related to animal rights and animal welfare.

The propaganda passed out during one of the workshops at the conference showed kids how to write letters to the editor, start a club, appeal to legislators, influence others and push for vegan meals in their school cafeterias.

Many state 4-H organizations are scrambling to separate themselves from the controversy.  For example, the Kansas 4-H Youth Development Program has issued a statement emphasizing it does not agree with the values supported by HSUS.

The National 4-H Organization defends the HSUS workshop.


One response to this post.

  1. Posted by Rich Thatcher on April 9, 2010 at 7:48 pm

    What is Nat’l. 4-H smoking..After all of the hard work, time and effort just to appease HSUS , so it would not become a ballot issue, why would any ag group even consider letting them in to their conferences..Shame on you, Nat’l. 4-H….


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