INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (Feb. 13, 2015)-- He has one of the most well known names in Indiana, but you’ve never heard Forrest Lucas talk like this.
"They're lying. Everybody knows they're lying. They're really good liars, " said Lucas.
Few people know about Forrest Lucas’ background as a cattle rancher in Missouri. He owns a 16,000 acre ranch that breeds and sells cattle. It’s there that he took up a fight against those he claims threatens his business and in fact the whole country. Lucas is fighting animal rights groups like the Humane Society of the United States.
"We need to defeat them. They're passing laws to ruin America," said Lucas.
Lucas has started a non-profit political action committee called Protect the Harvest. It’s goal is to counteract the efforts of animal rights activists. Those activists passed a new law in California that now requires larger cages for egg-laying hens. Critics say it’s sent egg prices skyrocketing, and there’s no bigger critic than Forrest Lucas.
"An elderly person, who can't do anything else can at least scramble some eggs and they're cheap...they're a bargain and now that's going to be be taken away from people who really need it," said Lucas.
But an official with the Humane Society of the United States denies that the new law called Prop 2 has driven egg prices out of reach of most consumers.
"Eggs are one of the cheapest foods in our country. A dozen eggs generally costs less than a medium cup of coffee, so even compared to other animal products, it is not comparable,” said HSUS Vice President Paul Shapiro.
The bitter battle between Forrest Lucas and groups like the Humane Society of the United States shows no sign of ending any time soon. Both are not only well funded, but deeply passionate about their cause.
Lucas is known as a genial businessman and Colts fan. But when it comes to those he calls extremists, he leaves no doubt where he stands.
"It's just something that's gotta happen in this country. This country will die from this if we don't do it. If we can't feed ourselves, we will die."