When I was growing up and first entering the work force, I can remember my parents and many of my mentors admonishing me to always think of the solution and stop dwelling on the problems. So far, I think that advice has worked well for me.
I have to wonder why Wayne Pacelle of the HSUS did not learn that lesson during his young life…
Are you following the huge debate and controversy that has been going on since HumaneWatch aired their advertisement about HSUS during the Oscar’s last weekend? You can see the ad here…in a nutshell, HumaneWatch has spent the better part of the last two years exposing the amounts of money that HSUS brings in from donors on an annual basis and how little of that money goes back to local animal shelters and rescues. The commercial that ran in the Washington DC market brought that fact to light during a highly rated Oscar’s program.
Now…HSUS’s Pacelle is outraged and developed a blog and email blast to condemn what was done.
But, here’s the problem. Instead of addressing the issues that HumaneWatch has brought up (less than 1% of monies collected by HSUS are given to local shelters) or even looking to help create a solution, HSUS again has focused the attention on the organization behind HumaneWatch (Center for Consumer Freedom) and it’s chairman, Rick Berman.
In his email, Pacelle says that HumaneWatch has a goal of “stopping you and me from fighting against animal cruelty in all forms”. Funny…the ad that ran never mentioned stopping HSUS from doing that. The focus is (and in my mind) always has been on increasing donations and help to LOCAL animal shelters who receive very little to nothing from HSUS.
Even noted blogger, KCDogBlog, has come out saying that this attack by HSUS is unfounded and inappropriate. To quote him: But what bugs me is that no where in the 12 paragraph blog post, or 9 paragraph email, does HSUS acknowledge local shelters, and how they could use donations too. That these organizations, most of whom are very cash strapped, often lose money to the fundraising efforts of national organizations, but do great work in helping save the lives of dogs and cats in their own communities. It would have been really easy for HSUS to at least acknowledge, at some point, that the “takeaway” from the CCF’s commercial, give to your local shelters, is actually a noble donation
HSUS and their supporters online respond by saying that “we never claim to help local shelters…our mission is much bigger”. You know what…that’s fine. There is a need to find and prosecute people who routinely and regularly abuse companion animals or livestock. If HSUS wants to continue to fight those battles, that’s great and I do wish them luck. But, HSUS needs to come clean and be transparent about where YOUR donation is going. Stop using dogs and cats in your fund raising appeals if the money is going to fund lobbyists trying to pass legislation about pigs, chickens or cattle. OR…if you are going to use our companion pets in your advertising, earmark MORE of the donations to go to helping the animals that need it the most…those in our local shelters.
It’s time that all of us who cherish our animals focus on the solutions to these problems and stop the attacking the organizations/people who are just trying to inform people about where their hard-earned money is really going. In my mind, the solution is pretty simple…HSUS: provide a better disclaimer so that potential donors know if their money is going to support a vegetarian/vegan agenda. Everyone else: If you want to support animals who need your help in local shelters and local rescue groups, donate your time/money/supplies locally.
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