Topic: Medical Research

  • The Bottom Line: HSUS = PETA

    While this isn’t a website about PETA (if you want one, try this), it’s helpful to remember the bigger picture. HSUS is not about animal welfare, it’s about animal rights.

    Your local humane society is about animal welfare—ensuring animals are treated well. The Humane Society of the United States is different than (and unaffiliated with) local humane societies. It’s about ending most uses of animals under the premise that use equals abuse. Given that the vast majority of Americans eat meat, for example, HSUS isn’t going to win influence by claiming, as PETA does, that giving a kid a hamburger is child abuse. HSUS is smart enough to know this.

    Writing in The New Yorker a few years back, Michael Specter put it well:

    It has been argued many times that in any social movement there has to be somebody radical enough to alienate the mainstream–and to permit more moderate influences to prevail. For every Malcolm X there is a Martin Luther King, Jr., and for every Andrea Dworkin there is a Gloria Steinem. Newkirk and PETA provide a similar dynamic for groups like the Humane Society of the United States…

    When you do a little digging, you discover that PETA’s practically a revolving door for HSUS employees, a radical training ground before these activists don a more respectable brand (to say nothing of clothing…). Here’s a list of just some of the links we’ve dug up:

    • Matt Prescott, HSUS food policy director—former corporate campaigner with PETA
    • Ann Chynoweth, senior director of the End Animal Fighting and Cruelty Campaign at HSUS—former researcher and the director of grassroots campaigns at PETA
    • Mary Beth Sweetland, HSUS director of investigation—former director of research and rescue at PETA
    • Paul Shapiro, “factory farm” campaign director—former PETA volunteer
    • Alexis Fox, Mass. state director—former legal fellow at The PETA Foundation (aka Foundation to Support Animal Protection)
    • Jill Fritz, HSUS Mich. Director— former PETA student coordinator
    • Peter Petersan, Deputy Director of Animal Protection Litigation—former PETA activist
    • Leana Stormont, HSUS attorney—former PETA counsel
    • Miyun Park, former HSUS VP—former PETA employee
    • Patrick Kwan, New York state director—former media assistant for PETA-linked Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine

    Keep in mind that this is just PETA and its quasi-medical front group the “Physicians Committee” for “Responsible Medicine.” (Click the link to see why the scare quotes are appropriate.) There’s a whole web of animal rights groups with essentially the same agenda: to eliminate the use of animals for food, research, clothing, and entertainment. Many HSUS leaders come from these groups—PETA-esque in worldview, but without the same budget or notoriety as PETA. Wayne Pacelle, Michael Markarian, and several HSUS board members hail from the Fund for Animals, an anti-hunting group, for one example.

    Here’s HSUS and PETA in their own words. On the major goals, we can’t see any difference:

    PETA Says…                                                       

    "Animals Are Not Ours to Eat"

    "Animals Are Not Ours to Wear"

    "Animals Are Not Ours to Experiment On"

    "Animals Are Not Ours to Use for Entertainment"

    HSUS Says…

    “We don't want any of these animals to be raised and killed.”

    “HSUS is committed to ending…killing for fur.”

    “HSUS advocates an end to the use of animals in research…”

    HSUS “opposes the use of wild animals in circuses”

    Posted on 05/01/2012 at 1:16 am by The Team.

    Topics: Animal AgricultureCircusesFur & FashionMedical Research


  • Green Is the New (Old?) Pacelle

    Let’s take a walk back to the ’80s. No, mullets and M.C. Hammer parachute pants aren't coming back into style. We're going to take a look at Humane Society of the United States CEO Wayne Pacelle’s entry into animal-rights politics 23 years ago.

    In 1987, Pacelle was fresh out of college and quite the busy bee in the animal rights world. In September of that year he joined the aggressive Animals’ Agenda magazine as an Associate Editor. Two months later, he ran for Alderman in New Haven, Connecticut. (He lost.)

    What’s interesting, though is that Pacelle ran as a member of the Green Party. (We’ve written before—see here, here, here, and here—about the longstanding alliance between the environmental and animal rights movements, so that’s no surprise.)

    And what the Greens stood for in the late ’80s provides a unique window into what Pacelle hoped to gain—and still does—by becoming a political animal.

    In July 1987 when Green Party activists met in Amherst, Masachussets to discuss a national party platform, a group of animal “liberationists” offered a 12-point plan called “Ethical Treatment of Animals.” 

    Here’s the more interesting half of what they wanted (emphasis added):

    1. We are firmly committed to the eventual abolition by law of animal research
    3. We encourage vegetarianism for ethical, ecological, and health reasons …
    4. Steps should be taken to begin phasing out intensive confinement systems of livestock production …
    8. Hunting, trapping, and fishing for sport should be prohibited …
    10. We strongly discourage any further breeding of companion animals
    11. We call for an end to the use of animals in entertainment and sports such as … rodeos, circuses …  [and] quasi-educational institutions such as zoos and aquariums

    Ultimately, most of these policies made it into the Green Party platform in one form or another. The official latest version, approved in April 2010, reads like the combined Christmas wish-lists of HSUS and PETA.

    The 1987 proposals were just what you’d expect from animal liberationists writing a platform for a third-party organization. They wanted to abolish large-scale animal agriculture, spread vegetarianism, shut down zoos, end life-saving medical research that used animals, and even discourage more animals from being born (which sounds eerily familiar).

    We don’t know if Wayne Pacelle was at the 1987 Green Party meeting, but Amherst isn’t far from New Haven. And the 12-point plank was printed in Animals’ Agenda in November 1987—two months after Pacelle joined the magazine’s editorial staff, and the same month he ran (as a Green) for New Haven Alderman.

    It seems fair to conclude that Wayne Pacelle, already a hardened animal rights activist whose star was on the rise in “the movement,” subscribed to these 12 points. And behind the PR mask, the careful wordsmithing, and the issue-dodging in Pacelle’s repertoire, we think he still does.

    Hat tip: National Animal Interest Alliance, for archiving the Green Party’s 1987 animal liberation platform

    Posted on 12/24/2010 at 12:56 am by The Team.

    Topics: Animal AgricultureCircusesGov't, Lobbying, PoliticsHunting & FishingMedical ResearchRodeosZoos & Aquariums


  • Any Which Way They Can

    Biomedical research is a field that has been immensely important to the advance of medicine without occupying much media spotlight. But because some of this research uses animals, it's a juicy target for animal rights activists at organizations ranging from the Humane Society of the United States to PETA—whose president famously declared that “even if animal research resulted in a cure for AIDS, we’d be against it.”

    HSUS shares PETA’s goal of eliminating all medical research on animals. The top sponsor of this year's HSUS "Taking Action for Animals" conference was the American Anti-Vivisection Society, whose stated goal (see its ad on page 25) is to "end the use of animals in science." So much for curing cancer.

    It came as no surprise that HSUS crowed last December about a research paper—which HSUS itself initiated—that appeared in the Journal of Medical Primatology. The article reviewed the past 10 years of hepatitis C research on chimpanzees and concluded that the primates were not useful in working toward a cure.

    It was written by Raija Bettauer of McLean, VA. Bettauer has a Master of Science degree, according to the study's text, but she apparently is primarily a lawyer who has written on financial and banking topics, is affiliated with the ASPCA, and used to work for the U.S. Treasury Department. Her listed affiliation in the study itself—"Bettauer BioMed Research"—doesn’t have a website, boasts a whopping 10 search results on Google, and isn't in the Virginia State Corporation Commission’s database at all. It also doesn't show up in Washington, DC. (We can't find evidence that it legally exists anywhere.)

    Medical researchers whose work depends on chimpanzees didn't take HSUS's contribution to the debate lightly. In a letter to the editor published two weeks ago in the same medical journal, five research scientists (including 3 veterinarians) expressed their doubts about Bettauer’s work—and about HSUS’s goals.

    They write:

    It appears that this study was initiated and supported by The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), an organization that openly advocates an "end to the use of animals in biomedical research." As stated by the author, the purpose of this article "was to ascertain the extent of chimpanzee use … and any related health and welfare issues." It is our view that this article does not objectively evaluate the effectiveness of the chimpanzee model in hepatitis C research. The article appears to contain numerous unsubstantiated conclusions that support the HSUS agenda of banning the use of chimpanzees in biomedical research.

    The scientists go on to dissect, point by point, the contentions of the HSUS-backed research article. The whole thing is worth reading, but this nugget stands out:

    The author states that "there is currently not sufficient data or scientific consensus to establish the biological relevance of the chimpanzee model for [hepatitis C virus]." As evidence that is contrary to the author’s statement, we refer the readers to the recent publication in Science of results from chimpanzees that establish great promise for a microRNA-silencing drug (SPC3649) for treating hepatitis C patients [4].

    Of course, “great promise” doesn’t matter to animal rights activists ideologically opposed to using animals to cure human disease. They would rather ban it and leave us with computer models (or people) to conduct experiments with. As HumaneWatch “guest blogger” Cheeta the Chimp wrote a few months back, this isn't HSUS's only foray into chimp politics. But don't count on the group to bother with scientific realities when it chooses to weigh in.

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    Posted on 08/31/2010 at 8:04 pm by The Team.

    Topics: Medical Research


  • Taking a Snooze For Animals?

    Editor’s note: A stealthy, undercover member of the HumaneWatch team managed to attend the HSUS-operated “Taking Action For Animals” conference on July 24 and 25. This is her report. Click here to see a copy of the conference program.

    Not everyone can manage to sit through a full weekend of animal rights propaganda, but the Humane Society of the United States's “Taking Action for Animals” conference made it pretty easy to stomach. This event had a remarkably “corporate” feel to it, especially compared with the annual national Animal Rights Conference (which is more of a radical kitchen sink).

    In fact, if you weren’t paying close attention and you walked past the conference space at DC’s Marriott Wardman Park Hotel, you might think you’d stumbled into an Amway sales convention. Until the vegan lunch was served, at least.

    Overall, this event was a giant snoozer. Seriously. Very little information was presented that you couldn’t find with five minutes and a web browser. And so many of the sessions were held at overlapping times that no one could see more than one-third of what was offered. Nice.

    HSUS Ohio Director Karen Minton gave a cheerleader-type speech about the ballot initiative that led to the “Buckeye Compromise.” Minton really loves her “wonderful” volunteers. She neglected to mention, of course, that HSUS paid many of its footsoldiers. (So much for volunteerism.) Minton also played the victim card, complaining about volunteers (read: paid signature collectors) who were allegedly “harassed” by HSUS opponents. (Read: Ohioans who called the police after being mooned or cussed out by HSUS’s hired hands).

    Appearing alongside HSUS Ballot Campaigns Director Jennifer Hillman, Minton closed with a loud reminder that the signatures HSUS collected this year will not expire. HSUS, as we’ve suspected all along, will be knocking at Ohio’s door again if Ohio farmers don’t interpret the Buckeye Compromise exactly the way HSUS likes it. (Given how “disappointed” Minton and Hillman said they were with the content of the agreement, that probably won’t take very long.)

    HSUS’s communications director led a workshop about “harnessing the media,” but most of what we heard was useless. Although the program promised some focus on “new online tools” and social media, no one brought up anything helpful. And the presenters largely shared how they work with pricey databases, news aggregators, and other expensive, elite tools—the kinds of things that HSUS can afford. After that, the speakers whisked themselves off to a hero-worshiping book-signing event. Yawn.

    Patrick Kwan of HSUS’s New York office ran a brief state-lobbying workshop and (for some reason) didn’t hang around to answer questions. It turns out that he’s the guy responsible for HSUS’s policy of trying to save the Big Apple’s Canada geese, despite their nasty habit of bringing down jet airplanes. Go figure. And HSUS’s Indiana director did her best impression of “I’m Just a Bill.” (Did we really need a detailed explanation of “how a bill becomes a law”?) A leader from one local DC animal rights group—the same group that Paul Shapiro, Josh Balk, and Miyun Park came to HSUS from—regaled the crowd with tales of how she convinced a few politicians to go vegetarian for a week at a time. Yawn number two.

    The banquet on Saturday was also pretty bland, and that goes for the soy-based “food” too. Most of the attendees put on a brave face, but it’s hard to imagine that there weren’t a large group of activists searching our nation’s capital for a humanely raised pork chop that night. If HSUS is true to form, you'll be able to watch Wayne Pacelle’s speech online very soon. The most interesting moment was probably when salsa music in the next ballroom drowned him out. And when Rep. Nick Rahall’s dog showed up. (Why weren’t the rest of us non-luminaries allowed to bring our pets anyway?)

    HSUS really let its vegan flag fly during a two-hour Sunday session titled “Building a Better Future for Farm Animals.” This event was promoted with a “don’t miss this” flyer slipped into every conference tote bag. Speakers included Michael Greger, Paul Shapiro, Miyun Park, and Farm Sanctuary’s Gene Baur.

    Greger began with a major applause line, triumphantly proclaiming that the number of animals used for food had dropped in 2009 because meat eaters were eating less animal protein—including “sea animals.” He also promoted the “Meatless Mondays” campaign, a program that some schools and cities are adopting.

    We also saw Greger intentionally confusing lab rats with cows, pigs, and chickens. HSUS’s goal is clearly, as Josh Balk put it last year, to “reduce the number of animals raised for food” in the United States. And one of the rhetorical devices the group is using is something called “three R’s.”

    “The three R’s”— reduce, refine, and replace—were developed by biomedical research scientists. The idea was to use only as many lab animals as were truly required for their work. This was an answer to a series of practical problems related to using animals in disease research (expenses and regulatory hurdles, just to name a few). It wasn’t a “free the animals” exercise. But that’s what Greger has turned it into. He argued that we should “reduce, refine, and replace” all the meat, fish, and dairy foods in our diets, and that people who do so are somehow better human beings.

    Paul Shapiro piled on, embracing the “flexitarian” idea. (The word practically means “mostly vegetarian.”) Shapiro’s idea seems to be that if HSUS can’t turn one person into a full-blown vegan, it’ll be satisfied if two people become flexitarians instead. He emphasized the importance of people needing to “accept” the need to reduce their consumption of animals.

    Shapiro also boasted about a few charts that claimed to show that a majority of Florida students were choosing veggie fare in their school cafeterias instead of pizza or chicken nuggets. He forgot to mention a study released in June showing that only ten percent of Broward County students continued to choose vegan options after the initial novelty wore off.

    Miyun Park, former HSUS vice president who now runs something called the Global Animal Partnership, talked about her organization’s new animal-welfare rating system for farms. The scheme seems to be set up—and Park admits this—in such a way as to guarantee that only the smallest farms can pass muster. Of course, this makes it more expensive for consumers to buy staples like milk, eggs, and beef. (Which is the whole point.)

    Self-proclaimed “vegan dreamer” Gene Baur rounded out the panel. (He co-founded the “Farm Sanctuary” PETA clone.) Baur’s speech focused on his dream of a national agriculture based entirely on growing plants instead of animals. He claimed that farmers could easily feed the whole world if they only produced plants. (No evidence was presented.) Baur may have let the hen out of the proverbial bag toward the end of his talk, saying that campaigns to move consumers toward cage-free eggs and other HSUS-promoted options are just a “step toward veganism.”

    The “Taking Action for Animals” conference wound up with an all-day lobbying exercise. While HSUS CEO Wayne Pacelle says that “nearly 1,000” people attended the conference, and the green blog Ecorazzi claimed “thousands of dedicated do-gooders” attended, barely 100 showed up to pound the Capitol Hill pavement. Maybe the rest of the attendees were looking forward to getting back to their regular diets.

    Or perhaps, like many Americans, the modern animal rights movement is slouching toward complacency.  One Facebook commenter last week told HSUS that the event was “Kinda disappointing actually. Lots of talk, no action.” Ditto here.

    Posted on 08/02/2010 at 11:37 pm by The Team.

    Topics: Animal AgricultureDairyEggsGov't, Lobbying, PoliticsMeatMedical ResearchPets


  • HSUS and Animal Rights: A 30-Year Marriage

    Google may eventually take over the universe, but for now we're okay with that because the Google Books service is an exceptionally cool research tool. We're constantly finding old material we didn't know existed, just because it's suddenly text-searchable.

    Here’s one gem: a 1981 statement from HSUS detailing why it officially supports pursuing rights for animals.

    The excerpt on the right gets to the meat of matter. It’s from the May 1982 issue of Vegetarian Times and it details HSUS’s explicit endorsement in 1980 of the animal rights position:

    … there is no rational basis for maintaining a moral distinction between the treatment of humans and the treatment of other animals.

    We don't think HSUS has ever repealed this policy statement; if we're wrong, we feel confident the group's lawyers will let us know.

    What rights does HSUS think animals have? Here’s how HSUS lawyer Peter Lovenheim defined it. This is from 1981, mind you, so it may have since “evolved” into an even more specific policy that HSUS isn't sharing with its members:

    In general, all animals have the right to adequate nutrition, to an environment suited to their natural and essential behaviors, and the right not to be subjected to unnecessary physical pain. More specific rights will vary according to species.

    So essentially, HSUS believes that every human interaction with animals should be subject to a balancing test in which both parties’ interests are given (in HSUS’s words) “equal consideration.” In one example, HSUS states that you shouldn’t be allowed to own a monkey because its “right to a suitable environment should outweigh the human being’s interest in keeping an exotic pet.”

    By that logic, it’s hard to see how zoos would continue to exist in an HSUS-approved world. And certainly, killing an animal to eat its meat—whether on a farm or in the woods—would have to involve "unnecessary physical pain” by the vegan measuring stick. The fact that we could all subsist on a diet of green beans and tofu apparently means that we must.

    And if animals have the right to an “environment suited to their natural and essential behaviors,” does that mean HSUS would curb suburban development too? It sure sounds like it.

    Once animals have a seat at the table with people, as equals, we've opened Pandora’s Menagerie. And since HSUS president Wayne Pacelle likes to note that “animals can’t speak for themselves,” it’s apparently up to him to step in and articulate what animals really want.

    Here’s where all this is headed: in HSUS's view, the idea of animal rights is more far-reaching than merely “loving animals or being kind to them”:

    Animals’ requirements are varied, and some are of greater importance than others, but when we recognize them as rights, we have a moral obligation to give them fair consideration, and to deny them only if other rights are overriding. In this way, ’animal rights’ helps us move beyond kindness, towards justice. (Emphasis added.)

    So while Pacelle and other HSUS mouthpieces make appeals to “compassion” and “kindness,” they’re really looking farther down the road. And they've been doing it for decades.

    Remember what "justice" looks like in HSUS's world. It's 100 percent vegan. There's no hunting and fishing. Lab animals (or their lawyers) have to sign consent forms before we can cure cancer. And so on. It also means giving them the right to sue. This is already happening in Switzerland, where even fish can have lawyers.

    Whenever you hear that "animals can’t speak for themselves" canard, play the proverbial tape forward a bit. See where it leads. In my book, it leads right to where White House regulatory “czar” Cass Sunstein wants to take us. (And inside the beltway, Sunstein is “on everyone’s short lists” to be the next Associate Justice of the Supreme Court.)

    If you think we're tilting at windmills here, read the whole Vegetarian Times essay for yourself. Think about what we've all learned together about the Humane Society of the United States during the last 10 weeks. And understand that we've really just scratched the surface.

    Posted on 04/27/2010 at 7:47 pm by The Team.

    Topics: Document AnalysisHistoryMedical ResearchThe Best of HumaneWatchZoos & Aquariums


  • Too Cheap for Chimps

    Yeah, I'm a chimpanzee, and I've got my hand out. You got a problem with that?

    My name is Cheeta. I'm one of those nine chimps that used to be part of the Cognitive Evolution Group at the University of Louisiana Lafayette. The place closed down its psychological and behavioral research program in 2008, which is too bad. Lenny and I were just getting the hang of Jenga.

    We've pretty much been hanging out ever since, just sponging off the university. All we do is sit around and pick bugs out of each other's coats, and watch the DVDs of Every Which Way But Loose and Tarzan. We know all the lines, but those films never get old.

    Plus there's an endless supply of Cheetos, we get maid service in the cages, and Joe Savoie doesn't mind when we raid his fridge and drink all the beer.

    We're hearing that the Humane Society of the United States wants the U to move all of us to this sweet swingin' primate frat house called Chimp Haven. I've seen the brochure. It's nothing but leaves, fruits, and insects in the morning, endless sex after the mid-day nap … oh! And on Fridays all us ladies go out hunting for those little howler monkeys. I'm tellin' ya, the meat just falls off the bone.

    The HSUS guys have their organic vegan panties in a twist about all of this, saying we're suffering where we're at. But I dunno. It beats the heck out of climbing trees to escape the bad-ass silver back gorillas in the old country. Those hairy dudes have got teeth. Plus we have climate control in here. As long as no stupid whistleblower-wannabees decide to play hero, I could ride this gravy train for a long time.

    Where was I? Oh yeah—the panhandling. Well, this Chimp Haven place has got some steep rents. They want like $2.8 million just to take the nine of us in and let us roam around. But then get this: We still have to pay another $300,000 to build our own house. What? The first $2.8 million wasn't enough for a roof over our heads? It's like the house mother thinks she's Leona Helmsley or something.

    So either we're staying put, or someone's going to write one of those giant Publisher's Clearinghouse checks with the balloons and the confetti. And unless this begging gig works out, it's either going to have to be the University, or those HSUS people.

    I was wondering which group had more dough, and then Lenny reminded me that he likes to hack into the intercom system at night and make it play those hilarious MP3s from the Planet of the Apes soundtrack. (No, not the remake. We're not without standards here.) So I told him he could have that banana I stashed on Monday if he figured it out.

    Lenny tells me the University of Louisiana and Lafayette Foundation has $130 million in assets. But HSUS has $162 million! And it's not like they have real expenses like books, football jerseys, or that annual Homecoming Weekend screening of The Waterboy. HSUS could just cash in a few stocks and bonds, maybe cancel a couple of ads on Animal Planet, and man—we would be set.

    Seriously. If HSUS wants us to move, why won't they pay for it? I mean, come on—They've got the money. But yeah, I know. These people can't even figure out which chimps they're protesting and which ones they like. And one of the vets tells me Chimp Haven asked HSUS to foot the bill last week, and they already said no. You'd think they'd want the good PR. But they're too busy wining and dining their sad little corner of Hollywood this week. No time to bother with us, well … you know: animals.

    I guess it's back to nap time. I need to catch some beauty rest before I go back out on the quad to beg some more.

    What's that, Lenny? They're showing King Kong in the playroom at six o'clock? Sweeeet.

    Posted on 03/19/2010 at 8:01 am by The Team.

    Topics: Medical Research


  • Dealing with the “Humaniacs,” in Ten Easy Lessons

    HumaneWatch founding editor David Martosko gave a speech last week at the annual convention of the Western United Dairymen, and we understand it has generated some buzz. The talk was titled "Dealing with the 'Humaniacs': Why It Matters and What You Can Do."

    A couple of farming publications have already adapted the presentation into a "top ten"-style article, and we think that's great. We worked on the Powerpoint file last week, and what we wanted to tell the hundreds of dairymen at the meeting just happened to neatly fall into a list of ten things. In retrospect, we hope it ends up printed on a BBQ apron or a wallet card, or something.

    When David Martosko arrived in Modesto, California, the meeting's organizers asked if they could videotape the speech. We saw no reason not to. Chances are HSUS had someone planted in the audience anyway with a double-secret buttonhole camera. And it's not like we said anything that we wouldn't want turning up on CNN (which is a good measuring stick for public speaking, by the way).

    Today we learned that the whole thing had been uploaded to YouTube. It's about 45 minutes long, and it's organized into five video segments. So if you wanted to hear last week's presentation from David Martosko and you couldn't make it to the Central California Valley, make some popcorn and pull up a chair.

    Part 1:

    Part 2:

    Part 3:

    Part 4:

    Part 5:

    Posted on 03/18/2010 at 5:18 pm by The Team.

    Topics: Animal AgricultureDairyEggsMeatMedical ResearchPetsThe Best of HumaneWatch


  • Let’s Talk About Whistleblowers

    Yesterday HSUS ran a new print advertisement in at least seven newspapers. Over a photo of a forlorn-looking chimpanzee, HSUS's ad makes a plea for whistleblowers from animal research laboratories to come crawling out of the woodwork:

    It's okay to tell someone … because she can't

    [Name of lab] in [location] conducts experiments using chimpanzees and other animals. If you have witnessed poor animal treatment there, please call XXX-XXX-XXXX to report it confidentially.

    Don't delay. They can't speak for themselves.

    Two can play at this game.

    We just inked a deal to promote HumaneWatch with advertisements in two dozen public bus shelters around the Washington, DC area. A few of these locations are right around the corner from HSUS headquarters.

    We think we've come up with the ad we should run. And—whaddya know?—it's perfectly sized for printing and sharing with a friend. Here's a side-by-side comparison:


    Here's the text of our spoof (UPDATE: click here for a JPEG):

    It’s ok to tell someone…because he won’t

    The Humane Society of the United States in Washington, DC raises millions of dollars with heartbreaking images of dogs and cats, but in 2008 it shared less than one-half of one percent of its budget with hands-on pet shelters. HSUS executives put more than five times as much in their pension plans.

    If you work inside HSUS and you’ve witnessed people diverting funds away from helpless pets, please write to [email protected] to report it confidentially. Don’t delay. Animals need that money more than HSUS’s lawyers.

    To learn more information that the Humane Society of the United States keeps from its own employees, visit

    We're not going to get into the whole debate about the merits of biomedical research using animals. Not today anyway. But we should be clear about one thing, lest you get the wrong idea: No one with a brain is in favor of animal abuse. But that doesn't mean scientists should be prohibited from using laboratory animals when it makes sense to do so. We think that's HSUS's real agenda here.

    And if you think it's silly for people to report embezzlement to a blogger, you're right. That's what police detectives are for. Just like no one should report the mistreatment of lab animals to HSUS. (They should contact the U.S. Department of Agriculture.)

    Posted on 03/05/2010 at 10:33 pm by The Team.

    Topics: Medical ResearchThe Best of HumaneWatch