I must express my extreme disappointment over Karen Dillon’s article “Factory farms under fire” (10/30, A-1). I know farmer Scott Phillips and his family personally. They are solid, patriotic, Christian, caring family farmers who certainly did not deserve this shellacking.
Today’s farmers and ranchers do a magnificent of providing the world’s safest, most abundant and certainly most affordable food supply, using currently accepted production methods. Articles like this will force agricultural producers to ask themselves why they must continually apologize for the job they are conducting.
Sources such as the Humane Society of the United States, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals and Farm Sanctuary are not “animal welfare advocates.” They are animal-rights activists that actively promote a vegetarian lifestyle. Agriculture is only the low-hanging fruit. Ms. Dillon’s article only whips controversy to feed their money machines.
There is no middle ground of compromise with the animal rightists. All they really want is your money.