Most days, I am outside before the sun rises, and when the sun sets. I work on Sundays, and even on Christmas. I love animals, and I believe that growing a high-quality and healthy protein source to feed to all Nebraskans is an admirable vocation. Who am I?

I am a Nebraskan, a wife, a mother and a cattle farmer. I care for cattle that are raised humanely and in accordance with Beef Quality Assurance practices.

Despite what he states in a recent letter, Wayne Pacelle of the Humane Society of the United States ("Treat animals humanely," Jan. 12) does not work to improve animal welfare. The HSUS is not your local humane shelter. The HSUS is the largest animal rights organization in the United States and works to take away the rights of Nebraskans to raise animals for food or to hunt. This is why leaders in animal agriculture and Gov. Dave Heineman refrained from entering into a discussion with Mr. Pacelle.

Anne Burkholder, Cozad

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