For immediate release:
28 October 2021
Amanda Hays 202-483-7382
Washington – A national advocacy group for black farmers and other underserved minorities joined PETA campaign prevent fruit, vegetable and grain research and promotion (R&P) commissions (or “levies”) from charging farmers mandatory assessment fees to fund animal experiments. The lethal tests are supposedly carried out in an attempt to boost the marketing of common foods.
Farms to Grow, Inc., this morning sent letters to several credit unions and the U.S. Department of Agriculture, which oversees them, demanding an end to animal testing funded by this mandatory assessment fee, which equates to a tax on farmers.
“It defies logic that these tests, in which animals have been beheaded for blueberries, mutilated for mangoes and suffocated for soybeans, claim to help promote these agricultural products because the majority of consumers do not support cruelty to them. animals, ”writes Farms to Grow Co-founder Dr. Gail P. Myers. “Carrying out these tests is a horrible marketing strategy that does a disservice to farmers, consumers and animals.”
More than 2,600 animals were showered, poisoned, force-fed, starved, irradiated, bled, suffocated, beheaded and dissected in tests funded by the R&P Agricultural Commodity Councils published between 2015 and 2019, in questionable attempts to promote the common agricultural products. The Office of Government Accountability reports that in 2016, assessment fees for agricultural producers, handlers, processors, importers and others totaled more than $ 885 million, a portion of which is wasted on animal testing.
After hearing PETA and receiving emails from over 85,000 consumers, the Hass avocado board– which had funded avocado experiments in which animals were force-fed, starved, bled, suffocated and dissected – adopted a public policy stating that it “does not support, fund or conduct animal research.”
PETA – whose motto says, in part, that “animals are not ours to experiment” – opposes speciesism, a human supremacist worldview. For more information, please visit PETA.org or follow the group on Twitter, Facebook, Where Instagram.