Alaskan Congressman Don Young has refused an award from the Humane Society of the U.S. (HSUS) and the Humane Society Legislative Fund that would have honored his work for animals in 2010. While capitalizing on the good work of local humane societies that shelter, spay and neuter animals, the HSUS does not own, operate, or directly control a single animal shelter in our country, despite a budget of well over $100 million, Young points out.

“HSUS are hypocrites, plain and simple, and I will not join them by accepting this award,” Young says. “Local animal shelters and humane societies do excellent work by caring for neglected and homeless animals, and through their spaying and neutering programs.

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