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Source: Protect The Harvest news release

Pro-agriculture advocacy group Protect The Harvest, is calling on Wayne Pacelle, President and CEO of HSUS, to apologize for comments he made on Iowa Public Radio linking animal agriculture to slavery.

"It's clear that Pacelle's animal liberation theology distorts his view of American farmers," said Erik Helland, a Protect The Harvest board member who was also interviewed for the story. "By comparing his fight against animal agriculture with the struggle against slavery, it's clear that Pacelle is placing the farmers who work to feed our families in the same light as slaveholders."

In the interview with reporter Sandhya Dirks of Iowa Public Radio, Pacelle said he rejects the idea that "the truth is in the middle" in the struggle between animal rights and animal agriculture. Pacelle expounded: "I don't think the truth was in the middle when our nation fought about child labor or slavery."

"Pacelle's comments show just how out of touch and outrageous his beliefs truly are," concluded Helland. "By arguing that animal agriculture is the moral equivalent of slavery, Pacelle and HSUS prove that, without a doubt, they see America's farm families as the enemy."

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