If you've been following the news on the devastating earthquake in Haiti, then you may have heard that the government is now predicting the death toll to rise to 300,000 souls. Already, Americans have pledged millions of dollars to assist survivors as they try to pick up the pieces of their homeland. While most Americans are focused on helping the families now living in tent cities, trying to avoid falling rubble and locating lost loved ones, the Humane Society of the U.S. (HSUS) is once again trying to monopolize on the emotions of Americans to raise money for their own agenda.
In a letter sent out to their 10 million supporters, HSUS is seeking monetary support to help the animals in Haiti. Rebecca Berg, DVM, a volunteer disaster responder for HSUS, writes, "The entire nation is overwhelmed by a lack of basic necessities -- adequate food, water, shelter, and medicine. Thankfully, it appears humanitarian aid is reaching the people affected by this disaster. But the conditions for animals are still deteriorating. In our short time here, I’ve seen cattle wandering through fields and stray dogs by the roads."
Yes, I'm thankful that humanitarian aid is reaching the people in Haiti, and additional assistance through donations, prayer and volunteer work is still desperately needed. I believe that's where our focus should remain. While I care about the lives of animals, I will never equal the life of a person to that of a dog or cow. More important to note, Berg points out the stray dogs and wandering cows. It's my understanding that HSUS is all about the liberation of animals and the abolishment of animal agriculture. Misplaced animals without humans to provide adequate food, water and shelter, isn't that what their main mission would accomplish? Who do they think they are kidding? Unfortunately, I think they are duping a lot of well-intentioned individuals. I hope that one day their manipulation will be exposed to the world, and it's up to us to spread the word.
If you want to truly make a difference in the lives of people and animals, and I imagine you do, then consider sending a text donation of $10. Simply text "Haiti" to 90999. This is truly a testament to how instant technology can be used for the greater good. As of last week, more than $5 million has been raised for the Red Cross to use in a Haiti relief fund. I sent my text, will you?