Friday, May 02, 2003

Buying time

Last night I was driving through Chicago on my way to Lansing, MI when I heard a doctor in a paid advertisement on WLS. “This is Dr. Ray Greek and I want to tell you about the abuse in testing animals against human diseases.” The ad was trying to convince me and everyone listening that 100,000 people have gotten sick because of incorrect research on animals. (In a country of 600 million that doesn’t sound so bad). He encouraged people to get more information at Floating through this website it appears that he would rather see research done on people than on animals. So if you are interested in having the good doctor expose you to SARS in search of a cure, I am sure he would love to hear from you. Dr. Greek, in his retirement, has a written a book and posted this website to pass the time. The following is from his home page.

The National Anti-Vivisection Society is dedicated to abolishing the exploitation of animals used in research, education and product testing.

How many times do we see people become wealthy within an industry and then attempt to turn on the industry, it just slays me. Not to mention avenues for selling your book. Once your book is published, you are considered an “expert”. I’m going to have to write a book!


The reason for my trip to Lansing is that many people in Michigan understand the need for one voice to speak for agriculture. I have been a part of many state meetings with the same intent in the past year. During this meeting, most of the Michigan commodity groups presented information about how they are empowering producers to be more active and better spokesmen. That is the answer! Producers must walk up to “WEENIES” and say “that’s not right”. It really hits me hard as we all sit around and agree that this needs to be done. But then we go home and continue putting out our daily fires rather than stepping up to support our industry.
I do recognize that we are attempting to find some time in a very busy day to accomplish this task while the “Weenies” spend the entire day spreading fear. They make a living attempting to destroy our lifestyle. We want to spend one hour a week telling the truth and they spend 60 hours a week motivating, networking and executing their web of misinformation.
The time is now and I have a feeling that this Michigan group will carry the torch. They see the need and they are acting in a proactive manner. Far too many times we wait until we look the devil in the eye and we all know that it is simply too late when the genie is already out of the bottle. Just so you know how well organized these anti-agricultural attacks are, I will share an example from one “Weenie” group who sent out an alert today. It is from the Humane Society of the United States and it is listed below. You will notice it is thorough, organized and offers easy access about who, how and when to call. This is just ONE example of what we are up against. The horse topic was not selectived specifically but was simply the topic of today’s e-mail alert.

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