Less than halfway through 2011 and already we see animal rights organizations proclaiming victory in our state. It is always amazing just what factory funding can do, how money can trump science and years of proven success.
For anyone not familiar with the term, it’s when you gather up huge sums of money to pay for things that are not needed. Here’s a good example, and best of all, it’s a fact.
Last year the Humane Society of U.S. spent $1,850,000 in a ballot campaign to stop dog breeders in Missouri. Interestingly enough, the pet shelters and local Humane Societies (not affiliated with HSUS) of Missouri didn’t receive a single penny from HSUS.
Shelters in the state struggle daily to keep afloat but listen to the AR’s and they will tell you it is because of the dog breeders. I spoke with several shelters right here in Ohio and every one of them told me they get more “mutts” than purebred dogs. Most pure breeds seen in the shelter are because the owners had an honest reason they had to give the animal up; it was not because of dog breeders.
Factory funding — public donations used to get unjust, unneeded legislation passed in states all across America. Think I’m kidding? Take a look at HSUS’ website. You can submit a letter to Gov. Kasich and not even be a registered voter of the state.
HSUS right now is pushing to have the ban on exotic animals reinstated by using this tactic. HSUS’ own CEO has written a book and is on tour to promote it. With all the money this organization “collects” from unknowing givers why are the proceeds not going to the very animals they claim to be helping? One hundred percent of the profits should be divided up and dispersed to each state’s shelters to help animals in need, not used to fund legislation, pay for out of state signature gatherers or push farmers out of business.
An excerpt from their by-laws: “All available funds of the Society shall be used for the immediate relief of suffering … ” HSUS wants everyone to play by the rules they set but they themselves sidestep the very rules of fairness.
When did they “open the door to productive conversation” with the exotic animal owners in Ohio? Answer: Never! According to Mr. Pacelle, exotic animal owners are “Not a legitimate group that we want their input.” Factory funding, pushing for unjust legislation, paying for signature gatherers that lie to voters, and less than 1 percent of their millions of dollars go to any shelters.
HSUS says it’s because “that’s not what we’re about.” No, they’re about factory funding, bottom line. How much “funding” will they give to make it illegal to own a non-native animal in Ohio versus how much they give to help any animal? Want to bet our shelters receive zero dollars? Guess they forgot that in order to be humane, you must first be human.