The animal shelter here in Waco, Texas, is in trouble. Donations are down and more pets are abandoned in this bad economy. Many people think the bulging war chest of the wealthy Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) might ease these situations, which are occurring all over the nation. Not likely.
In Sunday’s Waco Tribune-Herald is a letter to the editor from Diana Culp, claiming to be a former director with HSUS. She refers to “common misconceptions” that national animal groups are “umbrella groups for pet shelters.” Culp says they are not and in fact send only one percent of the funds they collect to local pet shelters.
Well, I’ll be! You’d never know that from the fundraising pitches on TV! These heart-breaking appeals of mistreated puppies and kittens have yielded a bumper harvest of cash for HSUS. With it, they’ve hired a small army of lawyers. They are busy suing the daylights out of animal agriculture. Many of us believe this is a part of a long-range effort to end animal farming.
HSUS encourages this already confusing situation, and they are already in the early stages of a new strategy. That is to tie up the resources of those organizations that represent the interests of animal farmers with lawsuits. Two of these are now pending and again, it gets confusing. USDA is involved in both, along with the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association and the National Pork Producers Council. One suit would cripple the highly successful and self-funded beef research and promotion checkoff program. The other challenges pork marketing slogans and activities.
Obviously, HSUS’ idea of a perfect world is one in which animal farming is stripped of its advocates and without the means to resist the onslaught animal rights groups believe will curtail and finally end meat diets.
If you are touched by the heart-rending HSUS ads of abused puppies and kittens, you can write a check to HSUS. But—rest assured it will be used to fund an army of lawyers to harass, intimidate and bully animal agriculture. As a result, meat production will be much more difficult and the product more expensive.
But—if you want to actually help the animals in that video, seek out your local animal shelter and write them a check. They are doing the work for which HSUS erroneously gets credit.