Yellow Tail wines are produced by Casella Wines Pty Ltd., based in Yenda, Australia. The Casella family produced wine in their native Italy since the 1820s, but moved to Australia to pursue a better life. But Yellow Tail has failed in their goal to pursue the better life in at least one way: they donated $100,000 to the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS). This was a huge mistake, Yellow Tail. If you’d done your homework, you’d know that HSUS is not the same as your local humane societies.
HSUS seeks to abolish animal agriculture — Mr Casella, what do your clients typically eat while drinking Yellow Tail wines? Steak, perhaps? Fish? Not only that, but Yellow Tail wines fell for the HSUS rhetoric: HSUS scams millions of dollars from the well-meaning public by claiming they use the funds to help animals by funding shelters for them. WRONG. If you check your facts, you’d find that HSUS is a lobbying organization whose CEO, Wayne Pacelle, and his minions pocket millions of dollars annually by perpetuating upon the public the illusion that they actually care for and about animals. But if you examine their 2008 Federal Income Tax return, for example, H$U$ only sends one-half of one percent (0.5%) — NOT one percent (1.0%) of its annual income — on actual hands-on animal WELFARE groups (the video below makes a mistake where it claims that 1% goes to local shelters).
HSUS is an enemy of people because it turns a blind eye to Animal Rights terrorists. In fact, HSUS tacitly agrees with AR terrorism by employing people such as homegrown American terrorist, John Goodwin, who is a proud member of Animal Liberation Front (ALF), which is formally recognized as a domestic terrorist threat by the United States Department of Homeland Security.
Don’t get me wrong: I am not against agriculture per se. I grew up in a farming and ranching community, so I know first-hand that there is plenty wrong with the practices followed by a diminishing number of people attempting to raise ever-larger numbers of animals for food, but the best way to reduce horrible ranching practices is to (1) have a relationship with a local farmer so you know the practices they follow to raise the meat that you eat and (2) reduce the amount of meat you eat to just one serving per week (or better yet, become a vegetarian). Most Americans and Europeans eat far too much meat and it is this tremendous and growing demand that fuels the battery farming and cruel slaughter practices that put meat on your plates.
Also, don’t think that I am endorsing the use of guns, either (I grew up amongst hunters and gun-nuts too, and my experiences with them made me conclude that nearly everyone who possesses a gun shouldn’t). However, I am acutely aware that the use of guns in this message makes a rather powerful point, don’t you agree?
Further, if you would like to express your dissatisfaction with Yellow Tail wine’s stupid fact-checking abilities by no longer purchasing their wines, let me suggest a wonderful American (red) wine instead of Yellow Tail (okay, okay, Yellow Tail finally did reverse their position — eventually, and only under tremendous pressure). I encourage you to try my favorite American wine label that produces tasty and affordable red wines, Liberty School. I welcome other people’s suggestions as well (especially for affordable cabernet and syrah/shiraz wines that I can get in Germany).
NOTE: my wine choice is, like everyone’s, based on my own opinions and tastes. I have no connection whatsoever with Liberty School, which is a Californian winery that doesn’t even know I exist.