AgWeek, the agricultural news service run by Fargo-based Forum Communications, published a “news article” yesterday that looks a lot like propaganda. You be the judge.
The article, titled “Watchdog group rejects misinformation about antibiotics in livestock,” was published in the “news” section of Agweek’s website under the byline “Agweek Wire Report.”
Washington, D.C.— HumaneWatch, a project of the nonprofit Center for Consumer Freedom, has released a video pushing back at misinformation on the use of antibiotics on farms. The video dissects an interview with Wayne Pacelle, CEO of the Humane Society of the United States, who attempts to blame modern farming practices for creating antibiotic-resistant bacteria.
The Humane Society of the United States and other vegan activists mistakenly advocate for a national ban on the preventive use of antibiotics for animals. This policy would lead to more animals getting sick and spreading disease.
It’s as logical as banning the flu shot. …
“In its zeal to attack livestock farming, the Humane Society of the United States is showing it’s willing to throw barnyard animals under the bus,” commented Will Coggin, research director at the Center for Consumer Freedom. “HSUS is standing against farmers, veterinarians, animals, and good science in pursuit of a twisted agenda.”
Why is this in the news section? It’s clearly propaganda for the Center for Consumer Freedom, an organization that we learned also runs a website called Peta Kills Animals.
The article ends by encouraging readers to “learn more about the Humane Society of the United States” by visiting HumaneWatch.org, a website that keeps “a watchful eye on the Humane Society of the United States.”
The article does not mention any attempt to reach the Humane Society for comment.
Of course, there’s nothing wrong with publishing an opinion about antibiotic use. But putting it in the news section? That a no-no.
We reached out to AgWeek Publisher Katie Pinke for comment and will update with any response.