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Animal Rights Activist: Thugs on HSUS’s Payroll


Teresa Platt, Executive Director, Fur Commission USA TheDogPlace June 2009


While it probably won’t be publicly celebrated or marked by the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), those involved with animals might want to mark the 12-year anniversary of John Paul “JP” Goodwin’s employment with HSUS under the direction of Wayne Pacelle. #1


TERESA PLATT LOVES DOGS & FIGHTS FOR ANIMAL OWNERS RIGHTSThis employer/employee relationship goes back to 1997, just three years after Pacelle joined HSUS from the Fund For Animals (FFA). The relationship covers years when Goodwin was publicly associated with another organization and was one of the greatest promoters of the Animal Liberation Front (ALF).


Just before Animal Rights ii activist HSUS’s Wayne Pacelle hired him in 1997, Goodwin referred to himself in interviews as an “ALF graduate.” #2 An activist completely committed to the vegan agenda, he dropped out of high school to work as a janitor because the flexible hours allowed him more time to protest. Inspired by Sea Shepherd’s Rodney Coronado who advocated illegal action as a way to “save” the Earth, Goodwin was a fan of hardcore tactics and a first-rate thug. #3

"We have found that civil disobedience and direct action has been powerful in generating massive attention in our communities ... and has been very effective in traumatizing our targets," Goodwin explained. #4

In April 1993 Goodwin was sentenced to three years in jail as the ringleader of a gang vandalizing fur stores. He spent 30 months under house arrest, finishing his sentence at 22.  Meanwhile, Rodney Coronado, who was busy with his Coalition to Abolish Fur Farms (CAFF), would prove harder to catch. Coronado finally went to jail in 1995 for arson and other crimes, creating a void in the “movement”. Goodwin stepped in with his Coalition to Abolish the Fur Trade (CAFT) with a “Statement of Purpose Adopted January 1994” that stated CAFT planned to carry out farm animal “release programs” as done by CAFF and accepted the “Animal Liberation Front, and other groups that break the law…as an important factor in the success we achieve.” Goodwin registered CAFT as a business name in Texas on September 4, 1996.


ALF Calling All Thugs
In March 1997, the ALF called Goodwin and reported it had set a Utah mink feed co-op ablaze. Goodwin publicized the event crowing, “We’re ecstatic.” Clearly unconcerned with how the mink would be fed without the co-op, Goodwin stated, “We have no problem with inanimate objects being destroyed so animate objects can survive.”

That same year, 1997, when ALF was calling, so was HSUS’s Wayne Pacelle. Pacelle hired Goodwin that year but Goodwin continued to operate publicly under the CAFT moniker.

Goodwin’s CAFT pressured a clothing chain over its sales of fur products in 1998 and the company issued a $100,000 check to HSUS. #5 Goodwin’s tactics were so extreme that a fur shop owner, tired by incessant protest, attacks on his property and threats against staff, filed a lawsuit in 1999 against Goodwin and CAFT under RICO (Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations). #6

At the time, no one but Goodwin, Pacelle and the HSUS payroll department knew that Goodwin was working for HSUS.


In April 1997, Goodwin led a protest celebrating the 10th anniversary of a $5 million arson at the University of California’s Davis’ John E. Thurman Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory, #7 the first ALF arson in the United States. #8 Craig Rosebraugh, who would go on to be an ALF/ELF spokesperson, reported that Goodwin led the protesters past a chain raised by law enforcement where protesters were met by police officers: #9


Goodwin continued with his orders, now insulting the cops as much as he was trying to direct the crowd. “F**K YOU, ASSHOLES!” he shouted, sticking the megaphones in the cops’ faces. “EVERYONE OVER THE CHAIN! STICK TOGETHER! DON’T BACK DOWN!”


The day’s arrest list of 30 people includes many names in the extreme animal liberation movement #10

Arrested was Jonathan Paul, Rodney Coronado’s former business partner. Paul is currently serving time for his involvement in the original 1987 ALF arson at UC Davis, along with other crimes.

Craig Rosebraugh, Leslie Pickering and Goodwin were also arrested at the protest. They’d go on to gain fame as spokesmen for the Animal Liberation Front (ALF) and the Earth Liberation Front (ELF) and, in the case of Rosebraugh and Pickering, for their advocacy of the overthrow of the government.

Peter Young was arrested that day. He too would become an ALF felon and, unrepentant, go on to a career as a motivational speaker for ALF, pulling another generation of impressionable children into lives of crime.

In May 1997, the same year he was on HSUS’s payroll, Goodwin stated, “CAFT does support the ALF, though the ALF is hardly a terrorist organization.”

As one of the "All-Star" speakers at the 1997 Animal Rights Conference in DC, Goodwin spoke on “The intergenerational connection (Improving relations between student groups and the rest of the movement)” #11. He held “education and strategy training sessions” for young people, featuring Breaking Free!, a video glorifying crimes committed by ALF/ELF. #12

A pattern emerged at Goodwin-organized protests where out-of-state juveniles were arrested during school hours. Goodwin praised the Straight Edge faction of young vegans, some of whom turned intolerant and militant, for “breathing new life into the movement.” #13 Goodwin and his cohorts took to donning ski masks at protests Now you see them, now you don’t.

Turning kids into criminals - Peter Schnell was only 17 when arrested in New York in 1998 at a Goodwin-organized protest. Matt Whyte was only 16 when he was arrested along with Jake Conroy. #14 The same day Whyte and Conroy were arrested, three more out-of-state juveniles were arrested after they donned masks, climbed a fence at a nearby farm and vandalized animal pens. #15 Who paid to transport out-of-state juveniles across state lines? Shnell and Whyte would later serve time for attempted arson #16 while Conroy would go to prison for his involvement in the terrorist SHAC campaign.

Animal Rights Going Global
In the late ’90s, CAFT went global with its conflict product, hanging out website shingles in the UK and Sweden. CAFT-UK’s website states that its British arm was established to “regenerate the grass-roots.” It bragged of “pickets outside [shops] on a daily basis” along with “mass arrests”, “smashed” windows and protests at shop owners’ homes.

Goodwin was true to his belief that “..civil disobedience and direct action [are] very effective in traumatizing our targets.” #17 By February 1998, a 25-year-old Goodwin was promoting ALF crimes to the press and describing himself as a “former member of ALF.” #18 What no one knew was that he was working for HSUS under the direction of Pacelle.

By 1999, Goodwin’s targets were changing but not his tone. “Last year was our first foray into politics and we learned a lot,” he commented. “Next year the pro animal majority will end the political career of someone who supports animal abuse. Congress had better wake up and pay attention between then and now.” #19

HSUS must have been happy with Goodwin’s work since it chose him as their representative on a trip to China in 2000 and had him giving speeches to Teamsters. “Over the last week I had the honor of being a part of the Texas China tour,” said Goodwin. “…I represented HSUS on the tour. …Some very valuable connections were made. Some very important allies were met who will be valuable friends in the future. Now, the battle is on.” #20

As early as 2001, Goodwin was openly representing HSUS as its “Grassroots Outreach Coordinator”, organizing young people into a political force. #21 And even though HSUS’s 2007 tax returns state its employees and volunteers do no lobbying, #22 as of 2008, Goodwin was a registered HSUS lobbyist. #23


FFA promoted Pacelle to its National Director in 1990. #24 By 1993 Pacelle had been arrested 14 times. In interviews, he sported a black jacket with SEA SHEPHERD CREW #25 emblazoned across the back, and lived with two PeTA staffers and their vegetarian dogs.

The Pacelle Principle
HSUS’s current President/CEO Wayne Peter Pacelle was arrested for hunt sabbing as early as 1986 at the age of 21. The Fund for Animals’ (FFA) Cleveland Amory was impressed and chose Pacelle as FFA’s Executive Director in 1988. Pacelle organized protests against hunter harassment laws designed to protect hunters from stalkers and hunt disruption. One such protest in 1989 resulted in a dozen arrests. FFA promoted Pacelle to its National Director in 1990. #24 By 1993 Pacelle had been arrested 14 times. In interviews, he sported a black jacket with SEA SHEPHERD CREW #25 emblazoned across the back, and lived with two PeTA staffers and their vegetarian dogs. He compared human ownership of animals to slavery and stated bluntly, “…I don’t want to see another dog or cat born.” #26


Wayne Pacelle felt the same way about himself stating, at 26, that “I don’t believe in the green revolution as a means of feeding the world, and I certainly don’t plan to have children. I take is as a very serious personal responsibility not to put another consumer on this planet.” #27

What does Pacelle believe in? He outlined it as a belief in “…in interstate transport of food items. I believe in providing that food to people in other regions where it cannot be locally produced. My ethic is not a local food production ethic. It’s an interlocal, interstate, and perhaps an international system of food distribution to allow people to tread lightly on the planet.” #28

Sounds like a food policy designed by the Teamsters.

In 1994 Pacelle moved from FFA to HSUS. He hired JP Goodwin just three years later in 1997. HSUS must have been pleased with both their work since it promoted Pacelle to President/CEO in 2004. Within 10 weeks, Pacelle had implemented a vegan food and fiber office policy #29 and on January 1, 2005, Pacelle’s old group, FFA, was absorbed into HSUS.

In an August 2007 interview, Pacelle stated, “I hired Mr. Goodwin 10 years ago. He has been a model employee.” #30 Who knew?

2009 marks the 12-year anniversary of the HSUS//Goodwin employer/employee relationship. If Goodwin is a model employee, one has to wonder: what was his job description?

And one has to ask: How many other criminals, thugs, and promoters of ALF are out there today directed by Pacelle and paid for by HSUS?

Wayne Pacelle, Double Trouble

HSUS’s Wayne Pacelle’s hiring of John Paul “JP” Goodwin made us do a double take even though Pacelle and Goodwin have, in recent years, put out joint statements condemning illegal tactics. #31 Pacelle wasn’t always so conservative. At 26 he heckled those wearing natural fiber fur clothing on the streets. Why not those wearing leather? he was asked. “Leather is a by-product of the meat industry, which is largely accepted by society,” he replied. He explained, “One has to use so-called ‘guerilla tactics.’ One has to have an element of direct action and confrontation.” #32

Besides Pacelle and Goodwin, other HSUS employees have arrest records for hunt sabbing, trespassing and property damage. Others clearly support such work.

Heidi Prescott began working at FFA in 1989, under executive director Wayne Pacelle. FFA promoted her to national director after Pacelle joined HSUS in 1994. Prescott is famous in animal rights circles as the first person to go to jail for animal rights. #33 Since the first time, she’s been arrested numerous times while working for FFA, #34 has supported illegal actions during campaigns #35 and serves on Sea Shepherd’s advisory board. She joined HSUS in its merger with FFA in 2005 but never severed her ties to Sea Shepherd. She currently serves as HSUS Senior VP for Campaigns, manages its Outreach and Strategic Initiatives department and continues to serve as national director for FFA.

In December 2008, Center for Consumer Freedom placed an ad in the New York Times #36 questioning why Prescott was delivering the keynote speech to the Humane League of Philadelphia, originally founded as “SHAC Philly,” a chapter of Stop Huntingdon Animal Cruelty (SHAC), an FBI-designated terrorist group.



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