Turn on country radio and you will no doubt eventually hear a Carrie Underwood song. From American Idol, Carrie became a country music star overnight. Unfortunately, Carrie turned out to be a disappoint to many fans when she started giving lots of money to HSUS and supporting PETA. Carrie has also stood against so-called ag-gag laws meant to protect farmers from employees staging alleged animal abuse.
Carrie’s support – both raising awareness and donating funds – is relevant here, of course, because HSUS is notorious for fighting to end animal agriculture, including on state ballot proposals that would hurt family farms. HSUS is being investigated by the Oklahoma Attorney General (and is refusing to cooperate and filed a counter suit) for tricking donors. The Oklahoma Attorney General has also issued a warning to potential HSUS donors. In reality, HSUS only gives about 1% of the money it raises to animals shelters across the country.
But while some celebrities choose to support anti-agriculture causes, not all celebrities are created equal.
Take Miranda Lambert.
Along with her mom, Bev Lambert, Miranda founded MuttNation Foundation in 2007. The organization seeks to help animals for things such as spay and neuter campaigns, mill rescues, and food and supplies for animal shelters. Last year, Miranda launched an initiative called “50 States/50 Shelters.” With the help of donors, MuttNation was able to donate to pet shelters in all 50 states. A total of $253,660 was donated, with the minimum donation amount of $3,000. (Source: NewOK)
Miranda is a huge animal lover, especially when it comes to dogs. According to an interview Miranda did with Modern Dog, she has several pet dogs of mixed breeds. A couple even get the luxury of living primarily on Miranda’s farm in Oklahoma. Of course, Miranda is also a big fan of hunting and has never supported anti-agriculture organizations. (Psst. Hey Carrie, maybe you should try the same approach!)
It can be so frustrating to see celebrities supporting organizations that target farmers. As an animal lover myself, I know that there is definitely a balance between treating animals humanely and still enjoying meat in my diet. We can do both!
What a stark contrast – celebrities like Carrie Underwood haven chosen to financially support radical organizations that are focused on ending animal agriculture, not on helping animals. Miranda has taken on a project that is actively helping real animals and, for that, she should definitely be commended.
Oh, and don’t forget about Miranda’s hubby Blake Shelton. Blake is also an avid hunter and meat eater. Not to mention that he apparently enjoys teasing PETA on social media:
One PETA tweet which read: “Animal testing breaks hearts,” prompted Blake to respond: “Yeah, and bow hunting breaks their lungs!” Another PETA tweet which read: “There’s nothing funny about BBQing cats,” got this rapid reply from Blake: “Ha! Ha! Sorry but when you say it like that it, is damn funny! Ha!”
And we don’t know whether he’s joking about this or not, but another recent tweet from Blake asked: “Y’all know of any other tree hugging, bunny lovin’ groups I can irritate?”
(Source: The Boot.)