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19 Dec 2011 - Know where your money goes!

At this time of the year, if your mail box is like mine, it’s filled with catalogs, Christmas greetings from friends, and....pleas for money from more charitable groups than I knew existed, some familiar and some not-so-familiar.

There is, however, one money request I will not receive because I guess I have been removed from their mailing list, more than likely for what I have said over the years and for what I’m about to say again. It’s the Humane Society of the United States who sends out millions of requests throughout the year requesting money in a way that leaves the impression your money will go to shelters to care for dogs, cats and other pets. So, let me make this very clear; if you want to support the humane care of unwanted and mistreated pets, write your check to your local Humane Animal Shelter. If you want to close all livestock and poultry farms in this country and convert everyone to vegetarianism, then send your check to HSUS.

This is what the Center for Consumer Freedom says about HSUS...

“The Humane Society of the United States is a radical animal rights group that inaccurately portrays itself as a mainstream animal care organization. The words ‘humane society” may appear on its letterhead, but HSUS is not affiliated with your local animal shelter. While most local shelters are underfunded and unsung, HSUS has accumulated $162-million in assets, yet it doesn’t operate a single one anywhere and spends more than $5-million each year on travel expenses alone, just keeping its multi-national agenda going.”

Its newspaper op-eds demand that consumers “help make this a more humane world by reducing our consumption of meat and egg products.” In addition to its attacks on livestock and poultry producers, it also opposes dog breeding, rodeos, circuses, horse racing, zoos, marine aquariams, and fur trapping.

There are many worthwhile organizations that I financially support every year, but HSUS, obviously, is not one of them. If they changed course and actually funded animal shelters, I might reconsider, but I don’t see that happening in my lifetime. You, of course, are free to make your choice for support; I just want you to be aware how your money is used by HSUS.

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