"I believe how we treat the least of being among us determines our own humanity," stated Oprah Winfrey in the opening of her "The Oprah Winfrey Show" on Tuesday.
The show which was dedicated to issues of livestock treatment, covered subject matters such as whether cages for egg layers, gestation stalls for sows and individual crates for veal calves "cross the line" into animal cruelty.
Illinois Farm Bureau President Phil Nelson invited Oprah to come and visit a farm for herself:
"If Oprah is willing to take some time out of her busy schedule to visit a farm, she would discover that modern livestock producers are ethically committed to the well being of their animals. Our livelihoods depend on the production of healthy animals. No one understands better than a livestock producer that well cared for animals mean healthy food for Americans and the rest of the world."