The New, "Political" HSUS
Dec. 1, 2008
We've been saying it for years, and this weekend Americans across
the country saw it in big, front page-sized letters: Wayne Pacelle's
Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) is an animal rights group.
HSUS is not your local humane society.
HSUS spends more trying
to influence elections than Citigroup, Microsoft, or ExxonMobil. And
it wants to push its radical agenda on you. That was in the
2008 election. What about 2012?
Remember all the fuss over "wing-flapping room" in California?
was only the beginning. Sacramento Bee reporter Aurelio Rojas
"Now that the nation's largest animal rights group has effectively
banned the caging of egg-laying hens in California, it is turning
its focus to Washington.
"A week after voters here overwhelmingly approved Proposition 2,
[HSUS chief Wayne] Pacelle called on the Humane Society's 10
million- plus members 'to build on the momentum of that landmark
"In e-mails, the group's executive director urged "friends" to send a
message to President-elect Barack Obama urging him to "consider
animal protection a priority when appointing his secretary of
The Human Society of The U.S. is a political
power whose clout Pacelle believes one day will rival the National
"We have the potential to be one of the most powerful forces in
politics," Pacelle says.
But the scary thing is that Pacelle's group already is one of the
most powerful forces in politics. Aside from his recent call for
"friends" to pressure the President-elect, Pacelle's group spent
over $5.2 million on the 2008 election cycle.
That's more than
the Teamsters Union, the American Bankers Association, or just about
any other company, union, or political action committee (PAC) we
could think of.
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will never again see a shot like this if HSUS and PETA
succeed in their "One generation and out" agenda.
How much of that five
million dollars went to the Obama campaign? Well, The
Humane Society Legislative Fund (HSLF) endorsed a whopping 312
(HSUS) also heartily endorsed Barack
Obama and Joe Biden. HSUS sent Obama advice about the
kind of dog he should get his daughters. A shelter dog of
Humane Society Legislative Fund has posted a
long, long list of candidates it claims support Animal Rights
legislation and have voted or co-sponsored AR laws sweeping
Think about that as you
look at congressional candidates in the next elections. In the
meantime, watch your local politicians, many of whom will be running
for the House and Senate.
In 2005, an
interesting sidebar to the HSUS legislative agenda was related to this editor.
The USDA said it lacked the budget needed to ramp up inspection of puppy
mills and USDA licensed (commercial) breeders. Based on 1997 figures,
there were only 90 USDA inspectors to cover
more than 5,000 puppy mills producing over 500,000 puppies a year.
We could logically multiply those numbers by at least 50% by 2008.
a Dog News interview, AKC Lobbyist Jim Holt (now deceased)
"AKC would support the
addition of such a provision to the bill" which would authorize
the USDA to "certify the inspections programs of non-governmental
organizations such as the AKC".
If AKC or HSUS were take
over USDA inspections, (they) would become a quasi government agency
to the exclusion of all other Animal Rights or Registry
Such is the case in
Canada where essentially, the government is the registering body.
For AKC it would mean a dead lock on the show community and
registrations. For HSUS it would be just another weapon in its
arsenal used to end all but the production of commercially bred
For all of us, the
possibility bears close monitoring.
See proposed USDA/APHIS legislation to reclassify hobby
breeders July 2012 Post your comments at
Responsible Animal Owners Alliance - NCRAOA
Dec. 2, 2008
- Amanda Arrington, NC State Director for HSUS, 7 months in that
position. I counted 47 people in the auditorium with a couple more
in the hallway as the meeting began. Apparently there were some
enlightened people at the Raleigh meeting the night before, she said
there had been some disruptions and that non-supporters were welcome
to sit quietly, but disruptions were unwelcome.
Ms. Arrington says that HSUS is no longer in the margins and doing
their work in the shadows, they are now the Mainstream. Scary
They have 250,000 members in NC. She says they have horse
sanctuaries and even a rabbit sanctuary in SC. They claim to shelter
more animals than any other National Animal Rights organization.
HSUS makes grants available for Shelters from the web site
www.animalsheltering.org. I would imagine those grants are few and
far between, to have the money in the bank they have.
Their 5 major campaigns in the U.S. are:
Factory Farming | Fur Industry | Stop Puppy
Mills | End Animal Fighting | Wildlife Abuse
(Formerly Hunting Campaign)
She bragged about their Petland investigation, the passing of Prop.
II in CA, and several large scale puppy mill busts. She and some
others from NC went to Washington in July to discuss upcoming breeder
legislation. There was a photo of the group in her PowerPoint
presentation and Elizabeth Dole was in the photo. Well we don't have
to worry about her anymore!
She loves Charlotte/Mecklenburg Animal Control and Humane Society,
not surprising since they are known for their AR leanings. She
introduced Vickie Hughes who is spearheading a program in Charlotte
modeled after one in Chicago where young urban kids and their
pit-bulls are in a training program, learning obedience and agility.
They learn to care for and about their dogs rather than fighting
them. I thought this was a really good idea and spoke with Vickie
afterward about initiating some sort of avenue to a Junior
Showmanship program with AKC, UKC or 4H. I pointed out the kids
could satisfy that competitive spirit without the fighting and maybe
even get themselves some scholarship money.
Ms. Arrington then picked up with a discussion on NC laws. She
thinks the language is too vague in our criminal statutes. Doesn't
like having to prove things like intent or malice. She loves our
civil statute that permits people to sue on behalf of animals. She doesn't like the loophole that keeps non-commercial breeders exempt
from NCDA inspections.
Bills that HSUS is supporting right now are:
Gas Chamber 2 Bills | Companion Animal
Network Version | Coalition against Inhumane
Euthanasia | Animal Institute in CA Exotics
Bill | Fox & Coyote Hunting/Penning Wants to make
enclosed hunting illegal. | Chaining this is a
pet project of hers as she heads up the Unchained Dogs organization
in Durham, she considers this a piece of the puzzle. I assumed the
puzzle will only be complete with MSN and Limit Laws. |
Puppy Mill Legislation
* see editor's note below
They are talking to the Dept. of
Agriculture regarding the language of upcoming legislation.
They are determined, they realized Animal Legislation almost never
passes on the first try, so they will keep trying and trying.
Then came her You Are The Troops speech. She urged people to become
active and to: Call, Write Letters to the Editor, Attend Public
Meetings, Have Personal Meetings, Respond to Action Alerts, Build
relationships with State and Local Legislators, Attend County
Commissioner Meetings. In other words, do all the things we need to
be doing, but for the dark side.
They will be out in Raleigh in full force on Humane Lobby Day Feb
12. Apparently they have an open door to the legislators on this
day. We need to see how we can be involved in this and make some
rounds ourselves. Federal Lobby day in Washington is July 27.
I was extremely disappointed to see only 1 face I recognized as a
Piedmont Kennel Club Member, this was a meeting in Charlotte after
all, --- Wake Up PKC!!!! there were some questions from the audience
that lead me to believe other breeders were
present. One lady was concerned about Breed Specific legislation
and a gentleman
asked her to clarify their relationship with PETA. She confirmed they shared
the same goals and regularly shared information.
Her summary urged attendees to lobby their legislators, get involved
locally, stay aware and be persistent. She said its all about the
Before you consider donating to any so-called
animal welfare group, get the facts on
and local candidates position on Animal Rights vs. Animal Welfare.
Make your campaign contribution decision and vote based on that agenda and make sure your
friends and neighbors know the score.
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