Monday, November 28, 2011

OH MY ~ my aunt gave to the hsus

Thanksgiving is a time for family to come together and eat, drink and be merry! Our Thanksgiving this year was no different.  We ate yummy food, drank some really good wine and had wonderful conversations on all sorts of topics. One topic much to my surprise that came up at the Thanksgiving table – The Humane Society of the United States.  How you might ask did this come up? My aunt donates to them religiously each month – because you know they are helping with the placement and care of all those little dogs and cats.  (Oh no!!)

Let me give you a brief family history~ my aunt is a lovely lady. She grew up on the family farm where I reside. She was active in the day to day activities, showed steers, her infamous Angus calf, “Tar Baby” was a county fair champion, she loved farm life. Upon graduation from Notre Dame College she married the love of her life and moved to the Bay area. She lived her life now in the City and to this day still is a “city girl.”  My aunt is now 80 years old – she has been away from the farm for 60 some years.

As we visited at Thanksgiving my mom started bragging about me – she is good for that- saying that I have been going around speaking to different groups about getting the conversation going in agriculture.  My auntie was quite proud when she told me she donates money each month to the HSUS to help with the puppies and kittens. I about choked on my bite of turkey!  What? Was my initial reaction.  You do what?  I instantly felt my tummy feeling jumbled and anxious.  She explained to me that she got something in the mail and that she really felt it would not be much of a sacrifice to donate monthly. I proceeded to tell her about the HSUS and why it was better for her to funnel her monthly funds to our local pet shelter. I also told her that the goal of the HSUS was to end animal agriculture and farms such as ours.  She was horrified, she had no idea.  I felt good that I educated my auntie on the tactics of HSUS.  We talked about it at some length. She now feels good that she will be sending her money to the local shelter and that this money will be put to good use.

The moral of the story is that even though you grow up on a farm doesn’t mean you are immune to the message of the HSUS.  Big cities and older folks seem to be a good place for HSUS to market their agenda.  My aunt is a prime example of a smart woman who was duped by the story that they told.  My aunt supports farms and ranches but she truly thought she was doing a good thing by also supporting the HSUS.

It is not only a good idea to share your story it is a good idea to engage in conversations, listen, share and educate when needed.  You never know who you will need to chat with!  It might be your dear aunt across the Thanksgiving table J

Are you interested in finding out more about getting the correct information out about the HSUS - check out - a great place that uncovers mistruths and promotes good dialogue.


  1. I recently gave a speech to my communication class on the HSUS and what their true agenda is. I listed several references as to what and where the money given to them is going. I was surprised with the reaction I got from my class. I was delighted to find out today that, one student who did a peer evaluation of my presentation told me she was persuaded and moved by what I said and wanted to know more about it. This was a win for me because when she gave her speech the day before I did she gave a speech on meatless Mondays and had all this research that she told me she now doesn't know if she believes it. Keep up the conversation about agriculture and keep building a better agriculture. - Sam Wildman

  2. It is amazing how persuasive their literature and commercials can be to those that are uninformed of the truth. I am thankful that there are people like you sharing our message so that we can get the message out there. The most effective way to make a lasting change in people's minds is on a personal level. yes, the approach takes longer, but it is less expensive and last longer. Please, keep up the great work!

  3. Thanks so much to both of you Cheryl and Sam for the encouraging comments, little by little we start the conversations - appreciate you both taking the time to comment on my post.

  4. Great post Celeste. It is important that even "farm people" know about what is really going on.

  5. Awesome post, Celeste. Great example of why and how to share your story and engage. Shed a little light on it--always with grace and impeccable style! You go, girl.