The Humane Society of the United States, the largest, most well-funded anti-hunting organization in the country, has come repeatedly come under attack by the agriculture-backed group The Center for Consumer Freedom and one of their spinoff organizations, Humane Watch, for how HSUS bilks millions of people out of money under the pretense of running local shelters.
As Humane Watch often points out, less than .5 percent of HSUS’s nearly $200 million budget goes to hands-on, local shelters in the form of grants.
HSUS’s counter to this charge is often along the lines of “we assist shelters with training, supplies during emergencies and education material.” They like to tout the work of their disaster team, which, they would have you believe, swoops in behind a tornado, hurricane, earthquake or other disasters and perpetuates a God-like calm and organization to all the disparate animal-welfare groups working on the ground.
The problem is, not even that claim seems to be true, at least when it comes to some of the most recent and deadly disasters. When a barrage of tornados ripped through Oklahoma for several weeks in a row, decimating the lives of the state’s citizens, leveling entire communities and, yes, separating livestock and pets from their owners, the HSUS was nowhere to be found.
The largest “animal-rights” group in the country, one that champions companion animals to the public, didn’t even bother to show up in the Sooner state as far as I can tell. There’s no mention of it in any of the press releases (and believe me, they never miss a chance to toot their own horn), nor does using the search function on their site return any results. The only time I found any mention of assisting Oklahoma pets was a quick blurb that basically said: “Our trucks are packed and ready to go to Oklahoma, we’re just waiting for someone to ask us to help.”
Forgive my drollness, but I didn’t realize one had to be invited to help people and pets whose entire lives were just, literally, uprooted. With “friends” like the Humane Society of the United States, companion animals don’t need enemies.
The truth is, every year the HSUS does bilk millions of dollars out of millions of ignorant people across the country who mistakenly believe their donations will keep cute puppies and kittens alive and off of a shelter’s death row. In reality, that money goes into feeding a very large pot-stirring machine that appropriates that cash into more fundraising endeavors, the wallets and retirement pensions of its employees (someone always makes a profit, even at non-profits) and to lobbying efforts in states across the country.
These lobbying and ballot-initiative moves are often an effort to end hunting everywhere. And, HSUS loves to use dogs as a stepping stone to do just that; from sweeping kennel-reforms that would put most legitimate breeders out of business to tethering and housing ballots to successfully ending the pursuit of game with hounds.
When it comes to the HSUS, there are lots of problems, and most of them boil down to various levels of deception – and that deception is being used to fund a well-oiled political machine bent on ending your hunting one discipline, one season, one law at a time.