The Humane Society of the U.S. (HSUS) is PETA in business suits, and their main mission isn’t saving dogs and cats -- it’s abolishing animal agriculture and eliminating meat, dairy and eggs from the dinner table. They accomplish this through litigation, legislation, lobbying, ballot initiatives, bullying and pulling on the heartstrings of consumers with emotional campaigns.
One of the most popular campaigns is a commercial asking for just $19/month to save dogs and cats. With images of neglected dogs and cats, the video implies that the donations will be used to help fund animal shelters and assist with adoptions; however, according to the animal rights group’s own tax documents, it shared just 1% of its $126-million budget with pet sheltering organizations nationwide in 2010. In the same year, HSUS employed around 50 lawyers, spent an astounding $47 million in fundraising-related costs, and parked $32 million in hedge funds.
HumaneWatch.org, a project of the Center for Consumer Freedom, recently put together a video spoof of the HSUS fundraising television commercials.
The video already has more than 207,000 views. Check it out here.
On a decidedly more serious and horrifying note, HSUS recently revealed hidden video footage taken at Wyoming Premium Farms, a hog facility in Wheatland, WY.
You can read the news coverage and check out the video here.
While the images in the video are absolutely horrifying, and I absolutely do not support the bad apples in food production, I believe animal rights activists who go undercover to capture these videos are also in the wrong. If they truly care about animals, why not report the abuse right away instead of keeping the camera rolling? Too often, we hear that the activists actually play a part in the animal abuse, in order to push forward their own hidden agendas. It’s maddening to see such animal abuse; however, I encourage viewers to take HSUS-produced videos with a grain of salt. The organization makes a lot of money using clips like this that it keeps in its arsenal and, given the source, I have to question the validity of this video and others like it.
It’s important to note that 97% of farms are family-owned and operated, and it’s these families who care for the animals and the land to produce safe, wholesome products to feed the world.
What are your thoughts on the HumaneWatch spoof and the HSUS video?