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Continue To Spread The Word: HSUS Is A Wolf In Sheep’s Clothing


A Wisconsin dairy producer takes HSUS CEO Wayne Pacelle to task for his organization’s deceitful practices.

Over the weekend, I spoke at the annual meeting of the Wisconsin Cattlemen’s Association. On our way back to South Dakota from Wisconsin Dells, we stopped in Minnesota to visit my husband Tyler’s family. We were visiting with his grandparents when we both noticed a pair of winter gloves lying on the table. Eblazoned on them were the words, “Humane Society of the United States (HSUS).”

Immediately, Tyler asked his grandma where she got those gloves. Worried that the gloves were a reward for her $19.99 donation to HSUS to save homeless dogs and cats (a fallacy that HSUS claims in its advertising), we were somewhat relieved to hear she had received the gloves from a neighbor. My mother-in-law had explained to Tyler's grandma how HSUS is an adversary to animal agriculture, and Tyler’s grandma had dutifully tried to obscure the “United States” part of the gloves with a black permanent marker.

What I found disturbing, however, was that the neighbor who had given Tyler's grandma the gloves is from an active hog-producing family. Apparently there are still well-intentioned farmers and ranchers out there who unknowingly donate money to HSUS, the very organization that seeks to end animal agriculture.


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I sometimes feel like a broken record in talking about HSUS at agricultural meetings. After all, I expect that virtually everyone in agriculture is aware of how HSUS uses ballot initiatives, misinformation, controversy, confrontation and legal action to regulate or try to push livestock producers out of business. Yet, following every appearance I make, someone in the audience will approach me and thank me for sharing the information I provide because they had just sent a check to HSUS and had no idea. Therefore, I continue to stand on my soapbox and speak about the threat of HSUS to animal agriculture.

That’s why I was pleased to see a Wisconsin dairy producer and blogger, Carrie Mess, take HSUS CEO Wayne Pacelle to task recently in a blog post entitled, “Dear Wayne Pacelle.”

Mess writes, “Wayne, you can tout that your organization is above the board. You can say that you’re being honest with your donors and that your interest is in helping all animals. You can say that you are not against the use of animals for food. But as Joe Maxwell confirmed for me the other day, your organization is still subscribing to the 3 R’s. Reduce, Refine and Replace. From your website, ‘The HSUS promotes eating with conscience and embracing the Three Rs—reducing the consumption of meat and other animal-based foods; refining the diet by avoiding products from the worst production systems (e.g., switching to cage-free eggs); and replacing meat and other animal-based foods in the diet with plant-based foods.’ I think you missed another R, redundant. Your goal is for us to both reduce and replace meat in our diets. That agenda is where the dollars donated are going. That is what HSUS stands for. Let’s stop pretending, you may be a vegan wolf, but you’re still a wolf. The three little pigs have had enough of your tofu and they have joined up with Little Red Riding Hood and her buddy the lumberjack to show the world exactly what you and your organization is about. Welcome to reality, you’ll probably not like it here.”

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Without a doubt, HSUS and its employees are wolves in sheep clothing. We must be aware of this adversary and be willing to continue to spread the facts about how this organization is both hurting animals and its supporters. I don’t think we can repeat that information enough.


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Randy Janssen (not verified)
on Feb 17, 2014

The HSUS is not your local animal shelter. The HSUA has been hijacked by radical animal rights activist. It is an over 150 million dollar corporation that spends almost every dime it gets on obscene salaries and filing lawsuits. It raises money by showing ads of cute dogs and cats, but it spends less then 1 cent on the dollar to feed and shelter cats and dogs. More and more members of congress are questioning the tax free status of the HSUS because of its political activities. The HSUS IS AGAINST RODEO AND WESTERN TRADITIONS. IT IS FOR A VEGETERIAN LIFE STYLE AND AGAINST EATING MEAT. The HSUS has been accused of paying employees to abuse animals and videoing the abuse as proof that meat production should be stopped. The HSUS wants to change our eating habits and standard of living by outlawing farming methods which are used on family farms. The HSUS is bad for America so don't applaud its lackeys. If you want to support something think about giving to the child fund, St. Jude, the Wounded Warriors, or you local food bank. If you want to help animals, give money to you local animal shelter. Giving money to the HSUS is throwing money away on a bloated bureaucracy that waste it on salaries and litigation. It claims to do good but if you really look at what it does, it only piggybacks on the work of local organizations.

Terry Ward (not verified)
on Feb 17, 2014

Looks like your markets are not getting the word if Smithfield is any indication.

Jonathan Gilbert (not verified)
on Feb 17, 2014

Guess the factory farmers and those that support the cruelty and abuse, are choosing to be on the wrong side of history.

Anonymous (not verified)
on Feb 17, 2014

Guess you can't fix stupid even with a full stomach........

Terry Ward (not verified)
on Feb 18, 2014

Funny how you farm-boys never cared squat about companion animals or pet shelter issues until Rick Berman slithered in.
You fool no one.
Except fools.
My pets are not your friggin livestock.
Stick to your pigs.

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