Bill Fosher Posted August 5, 2007 Report Share Posted August 5, 2007 The Humane Society of the United States never misses an opportunity to pull on your heart strings to get you to open your wallet. As far as I know, it doesn't usually resort to outright lies, but in the wake of the indictment of football star Michael Vick and others on federal dog fighting charges, it apparently did. The day the indictment was announced, HSUS claimed on its website that it would use all donations to "care for the dogs siezed in the Michael Vick case." In fact, the dogs are in the custody of public authorities (as near as I can tell) at taxpayer expense, and HSUS CEO Wayne Pacelle has called for the dogs to be euthanized. I'm not sure how much money the HSUS raised with its claim that it would be caring for the dogs, but I can guaran-freakin'-tee that it was more than the $5,400 that 54 doses of blue juice and its administration would have cost. The HSUS operates no shelters, so how it planned to make good on its claim to use the money to care for the dogs is a mystery to me. Even if it did operate shelters, why it presumed that it would be allowed access to evidence in a criminal case is a further mystery. Incidentally, the web site has been changed and now offers to accept donations earmarked for a campaign to end animal fighting. Pictures of one of dogs siezed in Virginia are still featured prominently. The disposition of funds from an earmarked campaign that the HSUS set up in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina to reunite animals and owners is under investigation by the Lousiana Attorney General's office. The source for this information, the Consumer Freedom Foundation, is no box of chocolates itself. They're the people who shill for big tobacco, among other clients. But it's good to know that someone is riding herd on the HSUS, which appears to me to be an organization more interested in raising funds than doing good. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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