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Arizona farmers, Humane Society at odds over animal rights
A high-stakes fight over how animals are raised for human food has Arizona livestock and poultry farmers pushing back against what they say are increasingly aggressive campaigns by the Humane Society of the United States.
Both sides are stepping up their public pitches.
The Washington, D.C.-based Humane Society is intensifying anti-factory
It opened an Arizona office in 2007 and, in November, flew its national-campaign coordinator to the state for speeches.
Humane Society President Wayne Pacelle said the fight against factory farming targets practices that create miserable existences for millions of animals, many of which lead their entire lives in confined spaces until they are slaughtered. The organization and its $170 million treasury backed lobbying and ballot measures in nearly every state, including Arizona, he said.