HSUS: A Home Grown Terrorist Group?

Posted on 05/25/2009



Posted: May 20, 2009 03:06 PM

Here’s truth in the old adage that no good deed goes unpunished. Earlier this week, a television news department in Atlanta reported on the connection (or lack thereof) between the Humane Society of the United States and local shelters. The story quoted critics who say the HSUS takes advantage of people who think they are giving to local shelters. While the HSUS does work to stop puppy mills, it also gets media coverage and donations doing it. But the puppies then go to local shelters that have to pay and care for them. “They may initialize the resources for a rescue, but again the animals go to a shelter somewhere in the country,” said Richard Rice, VP of the Atlanta Humane Society. Critics said HSUS also takes advantage of high-profile events. After Hurricane Katrina, HSUS CEO Wayne Pacelle promised on national TV to reunite pets with their owners — and raised $34 million for the cause. However, public disclosures of where that money went add up to less than $7 million. Louisiana’s attorney general launched an 18-month-long investigation, and then ended it, when HSUS offered to build the state a new shelter.

Earlier this week, WSB-TV in Atlanta quickly removed the story from its website. Writer Andy Vance had the following to say in a column called “Don’t Like the Message? Disparage the Messenger.” 

In classic activist manner, the radical anti-meat terrorists at HSUS and their pro-vegan minions have waged war on investigative reporters and their interviewed guests in a story critical of HSUS’s fundraising tactics. As I mentioned earlier today, WSB-TV in Atlanta aired a tremendous piece of investigative journalism on HSUS’ deceptive fundraising scheme. Claiming to be a 501(c)3 – i.e. charitable organization – dedicated to preventing cruelty to animals, the organization is actually, according to CEO Wayne Pacelle, a “sophisticated political organization” bent on a mission to “replace animal products with readily available vegetarian alternatives.” By presenting heartrending images of puppies and kittens in animal shelters, HSUS drags in over $120 million in annual contributions (on which they pay no taxes, of course, due to their 501c3 status). Their spending, on the other hand, is focused on legislative activities and ballot initiatives like Proposition 2 in California. Their continued success hinges on continued public ignorance of HSUS’ real agenda and budgetary priorities. By highlighting the facts of the HSUS money trail, WSB-TV and the Center for Consumer Freedom earned the wrath of the vegan lobby. Pointing to a blog on the story, HSUS encouraged its minions to spread disparaging falsehoods about the report and the Center for Consumer Freedom. In other words, because they didn’t like the message, they’ve decided to discredit the messenger. Claiming that the Center is some manner of industrial front-group, the HSUS-linked blogger attempts to tie the Center to a shadowy cabal including evil farmers and the tobacco industry. The reporters, by the way, have apparently been muzzled as the video mysteriously disappeared from the WSB-TV website, and appears now only via YouTube. For now. Bullied by the massive political machine that (is) HSUS, the station has apparently buckled.

As of 11:03 this morning the story could not be found on www.youtube.com. When running a search for the story the site brought up a screen that said “Video is no longer available due to a copyright claim by Georgia Television Co. d/b/a WSB-TV. The website has no shortage of videos produced by HSUS, but apparently someone does not like seeing HSUS taken to task.  For more on this developing, see this entry on the Beef Daily Blog.

Now it appears this story has come to Wisconsin. Yesterday Channel 3 in Madison reported on breaking news out of the Richland County, and quoted the Humane Society of the United States as saying more than 300 dogs had been seized from a shelter that operated as a sanctuary for lost and found animals in Richland County. The Richland County Sheriff’s Department executed a search warrant for Thyme and Sage Ranch in Cazenovia Tuesday morning and impounded the dogs along with about 20 other animals, including some horses. The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals said many of the dogs suffered from ailments caused by poor conditions.  For the full story, see http://www.channel3000.com/news/19506051/detail.html. The HSUS is said to be picking up the costs for the effort.

Forbes reports on how the Humane Society of the United States has told Ohio Farm Bureau and other farm groups in the state to change their animal practices, or they will see that a ballot initiative passes to ban confinement crates. The animal activist group wants to ban confinement used for gestation sows, veal calves and laying hens.

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