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NE school district bans HSUS newsletters (Brownfield)
Home The News NE school district bans HSUS newsletters (Brownfield)

Brownfield News
HSUS newsletter to kids raises red flag
by Ken Anderson
May 10, 2010
http://brownfieldagnews.com/2010/05/10/hsus-newsletter-to-kids-raises-re
d-flag/


In Nebraska, officials of Lincoln Public Schools (LPS) have instructed
the district's teachers not to distribute a recent issue of a Humane
Society of the United States newsletter aimed at third and fourth
graders.

LPS officials took the action after being alerted to the newsletter's
controversial content by Nebraska Farm Bureau.  "It contained
misinformation about contemporary agriculture," says Cheryl
Stubbendieck, vice president of public relations for Nebraska Farm
Bureau. "It clearly worked to advance HSUS' agenda.  It showed
pictures and had commentary about factory farms, and suggested that
what was portrayed there was the dominant kind of agriculture."

Stubbendieck says what concerned her the most was that the newsletter
also urged youngsters to contact federal agencies to request tougher
regulations on livestock production.  She says targeting young
children is a tactic HSUS likes to employ.  "We are seeing HSUS
targeting these young people in order to get to them before they maybe
have fully developed their critical thinking skills and been exposed
to other viewpoints."

And while the Ag in the Classroom program is also aimed at young
children, Stubbendieck says the difference is that the agricultural
messages are not political.

"I suppose you can argue any presentation of information has an agenda
behind it," she says, "but we talk more in the Ag in the Classroom
about the science of agriculture-the impacts on the economy and
society."

The newsletter in question was the April 2010 Junior edition of HSUS'
KIND newsletter.  KIND stands for "Kids in Nature's Defense".

AUDIO: Cheryl Stubbendieck (6:30 MP3)
http://brownfieldagnews.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/05/stubbendieck-cher
yl-HSUS-newsletter-100506.mp3

 
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