HSUS And Its Goal To EXterminate Pets and Farm Animals

Posted on 06/01/2009


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Open Season: Humane Society needs to focus on its stated goals 

May 31, 2009 6:00 AM 

The Humane Society of the United States, one of the most rabid and richest animal-rights/anti- 

hunting groups in the nation, became the subject of scrutiny last week after an Atlanta-based news 

station’s investigative report raised questions over millions in donations to the HSUS. 

The report, done by WSB-TV Channel 2, focused on concerns the HSUS may engage in fund-raising 

tactics in which donors believe their contributions predominately go to help local animal shelters. The 

report highlighted certain controversies surrounding the HSUS, such as the public disclosure of only 

$7 million in expenditures for reuniting pets displaced during Hurricane Katrina with their owners 

despite having raised $34 million to accomplish the task. So where did the other $27 million go that 

people donated specifically for that cause? 

At that time, the Louisiana Attorney General’s office launched an investigation. A Channel 2 reporter 

also attended a local HSUS meeting where the discussions were reportedly focused on activism, not 

animal care. It was also stated in the report — which was further publicized by the U.S. Sportsmen’s 

Alliance — that the Georgia Director for HSUS admitted she spends most of her time working on 

lobbying rather than coordinating the care of animals. 

“We have long believed that many HSUS donors think they are helping local dog and cat shelters,” 

said Bud Pidgeon, president and CEO of the USSA. “We think this confusion diverts funds away 

from that purpose, and actually funds campaigns to restrict hunting rights and common farming and 

livestock practices.” 

It’s a pretty good guess that some of that $27 million that was donated to help reunite pets with 

owners, but wasn’t used for that purpose, ended up funding the HSUS’s anti-hunting campaigns. 

Radio host Rush Limbaugh has also been duped by the HSUS. Sportsmen and agriculture 

organizations are upset with Limbaugh because they say he mistakenly believes the HSUS is 

primarily involved in caring for dogs and cats. Limbaugh recently produced two advertisements for 

HSUS endorsing a couple of its programs, leading to a barrage of protests from sportsmen and 

conservatives. Sportsmen fear that the conservative icon’s association with the animal-rights 

organization will help whitewash its agenda in the eyes of other conservatives. 

The USSA and its Sporting Dog Defense Coalition are fully engaged in fighting the largest animal- 

rights campaign ever waged. Rob Sexton, the USSA vice president of government affairs, makes 

clear that the HSUS promised to make “puppy mills” a priority issue this year — the animal rights 

groups are pushing 41 bills in 26 states restricting the rights of sporting dog owners. 

Though the details of each bill differs, each goes beyond the targeting of abusive breeders. They 

represent a one-size-fits-all approach that treat private kennels that sell or transfer a few dogs in the 

same way as a commercial operation that sells 500 dogs a year. The USSA has been working with 

grassroots partners across the nation to block puppy-mill legislation or modify the bills into a form

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that will not devastate sporting dog breeders and owners. 

A similar dog bill was introduced into the Mass. legislature last year that would have imposed 

mandatory spaying/neutering of all dogs more than 12 months of age. Anyone owning a dog that was 

not spayed or neutered would have to qualify for and purchase a permit to keep that dog at a cost of 

up to $500 per animal. And the permit would have to renewed annually. 

It also would have limited female breeding to one litter per year, the sales of all puppies would have 

had to be reported to local jurisdictions, and would have eliminated the practice of humane tethering 

— keeping outside dogs on a chain, tether, etc. 

What’s that got to do with a puppy mill? 

As always, the animal rights brigade uses sensationalism to sneak vulgar language into these bills that 

they get their legislative pals to introduce, furthering their agenda and putting animals on the same 

level as humans. And two of the HSUS’s cronies are senators John Kerry and Edward Kennedy. Big 

surprise: Remember when Kerry ran for president and masqueraded as a hunter to get the sportsmen’s 

vote? And those who knew better warned that he was just a poser and nothing of the sort? 

The nation’s largest anti-hunting group recently awarded Kerry the “Humane Champion” award 

because he scored a perfect 100 percent on sponsoring pro-animal legislation. And Kennedy received 

the HSUS’s “Legislative Leader” award. ‘Nuff said. 

The HSUS also gave Ellen DeGeneres and partner Portia de Rossi the Genesis award. Oprah Winfrey 

received honors for Outstanding Talk Show. 

Contact Marc Folco at openseason1988@aol.com 


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