HSUS: Bloggers Unleashed & United

by Mary Haight on February 23, 2009

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There’s a lot of pent-up frustration evident in the animal welfare community about the latest in the long HSUS history of saving dogs from fighting rings only to later advise the courts they should all be killed.

HSUS sent out a form letter to people who asked for an answer to the facts related in the recent Wilkes County NC court case where 145 dogs were killed based on their testimony.  The letter(link at the end of this entry)fails to answer the central question in every donor’s, supporter’s, and volunteer’s mind: you have given the appearance of allying yourself with Maddie’s Fund, which focuses on “no more homeless pets” and speaks to a no-kill Nation–how does this entrenched policy of killing all fighting dogs and their offspring mesh with the Maddie’s Fund philosophy, and that of all the people who support HSUS with donations?

HSUS can formulate policy as they see fit.  However, contributors invested in their mission have a right to know what is true, and what is not.  Because HSUS policies and John Goodwin’s leadership in the fighting dog ring busts are regressive,  is it time for a trusted third party, like Best Friends and their experienced coalition, to partner with HSUS as expert witnesses and evaluators?

Pulling the puppy offspring of these dogs from safe foster homes to make sure they were destroyed is reflective of the HSUS  historical position statement on domestic pets:  “We have no ethical obligation to preserve the different breeds of livestock produced through selective breeding. … One generation and out. We have no problem with the extinction of domestic animals. They are creations of human selective breeding.”
— Wayne Pacelle, Senior Vice-President oF HSUS, formerly of Friends for Animals; Quoted in Animal People, May, 1993

If this policy has changed,  HSUS needs to publicly retract it and replace it with new policy in line with modern evidence and current cultural sensibilities.  That is, if they have actually changed their thinking.

Because a reader’s comment made it clear that some people have missed these facts about HSUS, I thought them worth repeating here.

Other blogs of interest on this topic are Nathan Winograd, Pet Connection, and For The Love of Dog Blog where there is a copy of the letter from HSUS mentioned earlier, attempting to justify their actions with disproven theory about genetic inheritance of violence in dogs, as well as commentary from others in the community.

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