Now that is rich…. According to I-US, farm sanctuaries, which are glorified petting zoos for farm animals, are realistic!
The irony here is that Farm Sanctuary has even more harsh things to say about vegetarians who consume animal products then they do about meat eaters. They have consistently been one of the main voices in the war of ideologies between vegan abolitionists such as themselves, and those that they call “welfarists.” Welfarists are those that care about the humane treatment of animals on farms, and work with small farms to help ensure humane methods. Abolitionists genuinely believe that welfarists do more harm than good!
In fact, on the Woodstock Farm Sanctuary site, cited below, they even use the phrase, “morally schizophrenic,” which abolitionist vegan philosopher Gary Francione coined to describe what he calls the indefensible position of vegetarians such as I-US. As noted in their anti-humane animal farming tirade, they literally believe there is no such thing as the humane use of animals in agriculture. They believe that any use of animals for agricultural purposes, even the ones vegetarians enjoy, is exploitation.
They’re somewhat radical in their views, to say the least. What they are calling for, abolitionism, with the aid of the pro-GMO, pro-industrial ag, anti-localism, anti-eco-ag Monsanto apologist James McWilliams, would mean the end of every major form of sustainable agriculture, because biodiversity of both plants and animals is essential to every major form of sustainable ag.
The amount of disconnect that animal rights ideologues like Francione, Regan, et al have from the realities of food production, sustainability, conservation, and the natural world is mind-boggling. You wonder if they ever step out of their ivory towers. I’m a professional wildlife biologist. My job is to manage wildlife in a way that ensures conservation and benefits the general public, farmers/ranchers, sportsmen, and landowners.I would love to have one of these AR types spend a week with me in the field. It would be a wake up call about the what goes on in the real world.