Animal rights extremists like the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), and the Animal Liberation Front (ALF) seek to put an end to animal ownership. In their eyes, animals should share rights with humans and some of the most extreme among them equate animal ownership to slavery. Their goals of abolishing animal ownership and animal breeding is an extreme view not known by many.
The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) does not own or operate any animal shelters. In fact, they don’t even seem to appreciate the role that local shelters play in placing rescued animals in good homes with loving owners. Animal rights groups, like HSUS, envision a world that has eliminated pet ownership. A small glimpse into the minds of some animal rights leaders brings to light their true feelings about animal ownership:
“If I had my personal view, perhaps that might take hold. In fact, I don’t want to see another dog or cat born.” – Wayne Pacelle quoted in Bloodties: Nature, Culture and the Hunt, by Ted Kerasote, 1993, p. 266
“It is time we demand an end to the misguided and abusive concept of animal ownership. The first step on this long, but just, road would be ending the concept of pet ownership.” – Elliot Katz, President, In Defense of Animals, “In Defense of Animals,” Spring 1997
It all comes down to the fact that animal rights extremists believe an animal should have the same rights as a human being. In their eyes, animals are not to be used as pets. So the question must be asked: If they don’t believe in animal ownership, why would they claim to support animal shelters who seek to place rescued animals in homes?
The War on Pet Breeders And Stores
Because you can’t just openly support laws and regulations outlawing pet ownership, HSUS instead works to regulate pet breeders out of business.
“The ‘good’ pet stores we shall encourage to become even better, which ultimately might mean selling no dogs or cats … Don’t breed, don’t buy, don’t even accept giveaways.” – John Hoyt, Former President of HSUS 1970-1996, AnimalScam (Marquardt, Evine, Larochelle, pg. 84)
In doing so, they are not only attacking the breeder’s ability to provide for themselves and their families, but they are targeting your right to raise and care for your family’s pets. The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) continues to spread false messages in print and digital advertising that distorts consumer perception of how pet breeders operate in hopes of forcing the issue. Their impact is growing rapidly.
A prime example of that was Proposition B in Missouri. As animal rights organizations become more influential in America, their legislative efforts are affecting pet breeders and pet owners. In 2010, Missouri became a battleground for the Humane Society of the United States’ next attempt to alter laws to accomplish their agenda. With dog breeding regulations already on the books in Missouri, HSUS saw an opportunity to extend its reach.
The misleadingly titled “Puppy Mill Cruelty Prevention Act” ballot initiative was backed by HSUS and put before Missouri voters in November 2010. The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) spent millions campaigning to deceive voters into believing that they understood what was best for dogs and puppies. In fact, Proposition B was opposed by highly-respected animal care organizations like the American Kennel Club, the Missouri Veterinary Medical Association, and the Greater St. Louis Veterinary Medical Association.
The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) wrote the bill and, through vague definitions and questionable language, left the door open for future action against Missouri farmers and pet owners. HSUS tried to convince Missourians that they knew best when it came to regulating the state’s dog breeding industry. But how could they when they had no direct connection with any local shelter in Missouri?
Animal owners need to be aware of the hidden agenda behind activities conducted by groups like the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS). It’s time that the curtain was pulled back to expose their radical beliefs and call into question their dishonest fundraising practices that pull in millions of dollars from concerned Americans who believe their donation is being used to help animals find good homes.
Anti-Exotic Pet Ownership
Their agenda does not just stop with dogs and cats. Animal rights activists would prefer that no animal, including exotics like snakes, chimps, tigers, etc., be owned by a human. When appropriate laws are already in place, why does the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) and other animal rights groups continue in pursuit of their radical agenda? The only answer that makes sense is that they don’t believe existing laws go far enough. No matter how they disguise it, the underlying message is that animals should be granted personhood and be removed from the hands of owners or breeders.
These beliefs could have significant implications for facilities like zoos and exotic animal parks where our children learn about the animal world around them and zoologists improve animal care techniques, veterinary medicine and wildlife preservation efforts.
For almost half a century, animal rights extremists have put considerable funding behind efforts to end animal entertainment and competitions. They have pursued legislation, deployed propaganda, lobbied Congress, and distorted the truth, as they continually harass entertainers and animal competition organizations. This includes rodeo events, circus performances, animals in movies, and dog shows, among other things. This leads us to the RICO lawsuit, the most damning piece of evidence proving HSUS corruption.