WHAT'S IN A NAME
By Mike Tomano
Copyright 2014 Fossil Entertainment Group
In Anytown, USA, the local humane society, or animal shelter, is a common community staple. Encouraging pet adoption and responsible spaying and neutering practices, these volunteer driven organizations should be commended for their efforts. When the well-meaning citizen makes a donation to The Humane Society, they do so with the intention of helping local animal welfare. A concern exists over how many of these people are unknowingly making a monetary contribution to a radical, anti-human, lunatic fringe organization that works to end all animal use in our world. The name is the same, but the game could not be more different.
The fact is The Humane Society of The United States is allowed to capitalize on their misleading name, duping innocent, balanced, thinking individuals into giving hard-earned cash to fund an evil agenda.
While the “no kill” humane society animal shelters seek to find homes for strays, HSUS would seek to ban pet ownership outright. How many puppy and kitty lovers would be comfortable supporting a group that works to abolish biological research to cure life-threatening childhood diseases? How about one that would ban all leather and fur clothing? Would your average American family support an organization seeking to outlaw fishing with Grandpa? Would any person with a single brain cell firing give money to a group whose intent is removing bacon and eggs from the breakfast table? How does encouraging puppy-adoption coexist with closing down the cattle industry? Of course, it doesn’t.
The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) is the largest animal rights group in the world, with millions of members and tens of millions of dollars in their annual budgets. Local humane societies date back to the late 1800s and rely on volunteers and donations. HSUS, founded in 1954, has over 300 paid staff members, does not run any animal shelters in the U.S. and is not affiliated with local county animal shelters. Aided by the confusion their name creates, along with the misleading advertisements and shrewdly vague press materials, HSUS has flourished in membership while gaining political clout.
Choosing to downplay their true desire to remove all animal ownership, research and products, HSUS has used a soft shoe technique, which has allowed them to infiltrate civic and social offices and even schools with their anti-human message. Avoiding the silly antics of PETA or the outright terrorist tactics of the Animal Liberation Front, HSUS are all business. (After all, to so many who allow them access, they are just “the humane society” finding homes for puppies and kitties, right?)
Providing school teachers with class room guides that depict circuses as abusive animal prisons and hunters as “drunken slob” murderers, HSUS has protested the federal government’s distribution of educational materials professing the scientifically proven practice of laboratory animal research as “materials inappropriately targeting young people, who do not possess the cognitive ability to make meaningful decisions regarding highly controversial and complex issues.”
With an accumulated fortune well over $200,000,000, HSUS could conceivably open local animal shelters across the world. According to a report from the Center for Consumer Freedom, “Instead, HSUS spends millions on programs that seek to economically cripple meat and dairy producers; eliminate zoos and circus animal acts; and demonize hunters as crazed lunatics. HSUS spend $2,000,000 each year on travel expenses alone, just keeping its multi-national agenda going.”
Using “Humane Society” in their organization’s title is a blatant attempt to pull the wool over the eyes of the unsuspecting public and it’s criminal! Imagine if the Ku Klux Klan adopted the slightly modified NAACP of America? What if Al-Qaeda decided on the name Muscular Dystrophy Association of the World? Ludicrous, right?
The deceptive practices of HSUS need to be diligently exposed. A class action lawsuit by all who donated as a result of their false representation would be appropriate. At the very least, a full federal investigation into the abuse of proper business practice is necessary.
As local animal shelters across the nation continue to close due to lack of financial support, one must wonder how much cash intended for them was inadvertently supporting HSUS. Rather than watch the HSUS continue to influence state, local and federal legislation, let us all contact our elected officials and demand a thorough investigation of the conniving Humane Society of the United States.