HSUS Ally to Retire from Congress
September 29, 2015
Word broke today that Rep. Ed Whitfield, a Republican from Kentucky and a staunch HSUS ally in Congress, is retiring. He will not seek re-election next year.
Whitfield is the subject of a Congressional ethics investigation relating to allegations surrounding the use of his office by his wife, Connie Harriman-Whitfield, a lobbyist for HSUS's legislative fund. Politico reports that "The Office of Congressional Ethics found that Whitfield's office helped organize 'as many as 100 meetings' for the Humane Society and that he held joint meetings with his wife 'to promote [the HSLF's] legislative priorities.'" That could be a big no-no. The House Ethics Commission launched a formal probe in March, after which Harriman-Whitfield moved to a position at HSUS.
In the meantime, word also broke that Kentucky's agriculture secretary James Comer will run to replace Whitfield. Considering Comer barely lost a primary this year for Governor, he has name recognition and likely a network of supporters. And being ag commissioner, he will be no friend of HSUS, which is hell-bent on destroying agriculture.
In 13 months, an anti-HSUS legislator may have replaced a pro-HSUS legislator, while the latter may have been sanctioned following an ethics investigation. That’d be quite the turnaround in fortunes for HSUS on Capitol Hill.
Read the entire article at: http://www.humanewatch.org/hsus-ally-to-retire-from-congress/
HSUS Backs Employment Deception in NC
May 21, 2015
HSUS is madder than a wet hen at the North Carolina legislature. What has HSUS so worked up? North Carolina's statehouse recently passed a bill that could crack down on HSUS "investigations."
The Property Protection Act was passed to protect businesses from those who obtain a job to attack their employer. The bill's purpose is to make it unlawful to seek employment at a business if you have no intention of holding the job, but are instead using the position for (what essentially amounts to) espionage.
While the bill applies to all industries in North Carolina, HSUS is taking this very personally because it will potentially outlaw one of its favorite pastimes—sneakily getting hired onto farms and surreptitiously shooting video.
Read the entire article at: http://www.humanewatch.org/hsus-backs-employment-deception-in-nc/
Want to Help Animals in Nepal? Here's What (Not) to Do.
April 28, 2015
The huge earthquake in Nepal has caused a lot of damage and suffering. Thousands of people are hurt and homeless. If you want to help the Nepalese, Charity Navigator has a list of screened charities (http://www.humanewatch.org/new-report-hsus-uses-crises-for-financial-gain/) that you can give to.
A lot of people also want to help the animals in Nepal, whether personal pets, street dogs, or others. That's fine, too. But be wary of the profiteering Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) and its international arm, Humane Society International, which are allegedly en route to help out.
In our report "Looting in the Aftermath," (http://www.humanewatch.org/new-report-hsus-uses-crises-for-financial-gain/) released last fall, we detail several incidents in which HSUS profiteered off of high-profile events. After Hurricane Sandy hit New Jersey and New York, HSUS raised over $2 million—yet according to documents it filed with the NY attorney general, HSUS only spent one-third of that money on Sandy relief. HSUS also raised money after the 2010 Haiti earthquake because "Haiti's animal survivors desperately need care"—despite admitting elsewhere that "no animal issues are here that are related to the event of the earthquake." (The aforementioned Charity Navigator has issued a "Donor Advisory" (http://www.charitynavigator.org/index.cfm?bay=search.summary&orgid=3848#.VUD1uWYe7S8) against HSUS, by the way.)
You may see slick ads with heart-wrenching pictures from Humane Society International. But if you give to them, your money may not go to help out in Nepal at all.
So who can you give to? Consider giving to local groups. Animal Welfare Network Nepal (http://www.awnnepal.org/donate.php) and Animal Nepal (https://animalnepal.wordpress.com/donations/) are two such groups. We can't vouch for them ourselves, but at least your money will be in the country. But you also may want to wait for a few days (http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2015/apr/27/earthquake-nepal-dont-rush-help-volunteers-aid?CMP=share_btn_fb) while a chaotic situation gets more in order. Then there will be a better idea of how best to help.
Senate bill would require adding pets to emergency planning
October 9, 2013
The Senate on Thursday will consider legislation requiring cities and towns to account for family pets and service dogs in their emergency planning, devising a strategy to shelter pets during an emergency.