Nat’l Black Farm Org Joins PETA, Slams Suffocating, Beheading Animals for Marketing

For Immediate Release:
October 28, 2021

Amanda Hays 202-483-7382


A national advocacy group for Black and other underserved minority farmers has joined PETA’s campaign to stop fruit, vegetable, and grain research and promotion (R&P) boards—or “checkoffs”—from charging farmers mandatory assessment fees in order to fund experiments on animals. The deadly tests are purportedly done in attempts to bolster the marketing of common foods.

Farms to Grow, Inc., sent letters this morning to several checkoffs and to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, which oversees them, demanding an end to animal tests funded by these mandatory assessment fees, which amount 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—would purport to help promote those agricultural products, since the majority of consumers don’t support animal cruelty,” writes Farms to Grow Cofounder Dr. Gail P. Myers. “Conducting these tests is a horrible marketing strategy that does a disservice to farmers, consumers, and animals.”

More than 2,600 animals were douched, poisoned, force-fed, starved, irradiated, bled, suffocated, beheaded, and dissected in tests funded by agricultural commodity R&P boards that were published between 2015 and 2019, in dubious attempts to promote common agricultural commodities. The Government Accountability Office reports that in 2016, assessment fees for agricultural commodity producers, handlers, processors, importers, and others totaled over $885 million, of which a portion is wasted on animal testing.

After hearing from PETA and receiving e-mails from more than 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 reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to experiment on”—opposes speciesism, a human-supremacist worldview. To learn more, please visit or follow the group on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram.

Stay up to date on the latest vegan trends and get breaking animal rights news delivered straight to your inbox!

By submitting this form, you’re acknowledging that you have read and agree to our privacy policy and agree to receive e-mails from us.

Get the Latest Tips—Right in Your Inbox
We’ll e-mail you weekly with the latest in vegan recipes, fashion, and more!

By submitting this form, you’re acknowledging that you have read and agree to our privacy policy and agree to receive e-mails from us.