From the Detroit FreePress |My family fled the dirt floor of a displaced persons camp in Germany for America’s freedoms. One headed to Carnegie Hall in New York, others briefly to a farm in Ohio. Independence meant the government wouldn’t listen in on their conversations or censure their communications with black marker.
In America they would get enough to eat, even if they had to farm or hunt it. They could choose to be vegetarians or omnivores or anything in between.
Although the right to pursue un-endangered, free range organic meat has been affirmed repeatedly throughout our history, one organization has never stopped trying to remove those rights.
It’s the Humane Society of the United States, and if you’re thinking of donating to it, you might think again. Charity Navigator, the nation’s largest evaluator of charities, has stripped its four-star charity rating and replaced them with a “Donor Advisory” warning.
According to Charity Navigator, a “Donor Advisory” means that “serious concerns have been raised about this charity which prevents the issuance of a star rating.”
A scandal erupted when HSUS filed a lawsuit against Ringling Brothers Circus claiming elephant abuse. Its star witness was a former employee of the show. Turns out the employee was paid nearly $200,000 by HUSU for his testimony. Duped donors discovered their monies were used to compromise a witness. The HSUS had to pay Ringling $15.75 million .
Many think of HSUS as an organization that runs animal shelters. Not so much. Funds are funneled toward advancing the salaries of the one-percenters on its staff, who in turn perpetuate trivial lawsuits and create evangelical materials — a far cry from the beautifully crafted messages it presents about generating a more more humane existence for nature’s creatures.
A recent frivolous suit complained of a beef with the pork industry’s use of the phrase “the other white meat.” HSUS also used donations to produce high-quality DVDs aimed at getting Christians to go vegan. When surprised Oklahoma residents discovered that donations made to HSUS wouldn’t help animals displaced by the devastating Moore tornadoes, Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt issued a consumer alert about its fundraising tactics.
HSUS charges our good local animal shelters up to $20,000 for an advisory visit from one of its elite. And despite Charity Navigator’s revocation, HSUS websites boast a four-star donor rating. What is the real mission of this slick, smart organization?
In the October 1990 issue of Full Cry magazine, current HSUS president Wayne Pacelle stated, “We are going to use the ballot box and the democratic process to stop all hunting in the United States. We will take it species by species until all hunting is stopped in California. Then we will take it state by state.”
Exaggeration? False bravado? Jennifer Fearing is the personal dog walker of the governor of California. Though this is her first dog-walking gig, she is a longtime HSUS lobbyist. She is also six-for-six on legislation HSUS has pushed in the Golden State. This year all forms of traditional lead ammo used for small-game hunting in California have been declared illegal.
Now HSUS filed a petition with the U.S. Department of the Interior demanding that the use of traditional ammo and sinkers for fishing be banned on all federal hunting grounds. That’s one-fifth of all the land in the U.S.
Ironically, it is taxes on that ammo and fishing gear it seeks to ban that have restored millions of acres of wetlands in North America. Hunters and anglers pay exclusive taxes on every rod and reel, bullet, sinker and gun, and they all go toward wildlife restoration. The HSUS has paid exactly zero toward that same cause. It does, however, brag about infiltrating the agencies that administer these funds and expresses confidence in their ability to shape U.S. policy.
Is lead ammo poison? If directly ingested, it could be. Yet decades-long studies show that hunters who eat animals shot with lead have no ill effects. After 100 years of lead ammo exposure there is little evidence that it causes detriment to wildlife
There’s a claim that bald eagles have been devastated by ingestion of lead ammunition. However, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service states that the number of breeding pairs of bald eagles has increased more than 700% since being placed on the endangered list.
No one wants to damage wildlife, least of all the hunters and anglers who reestablished a hundred million acres of wetlands and cleaned up after industry nearly wiped out countless species and wildland.
Is the Humane Society’s demand a proposal to protect wildlife or a plan to thwart hunters and anglers? “If we could shut down all sport hunting in a moment, we would,”Pacelle once remarked.
Wisdom dictates a cautious approach to any proposals from an organization whose agenda has been about inhibiting freedom — even if it claims it wants to protect the environment.Original Article appeared 7/6/14 on Freep.com - Written by Lydia Lohrer - Click Here for Original Article
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