Topic: Animal Agriculture

  • HSUS Vice President Quietly Leaves. Why?

    2018 brought in new resolutions. For Paul Shapiro, it might be to find a new job. Until Monday, Shapiro was the Vice President of Policy Engagement at HSUS. Now, all of a sudden, his employment with HSUS has ended, according to his LinkedIn and Twitter profiles.

    Paul Shapiro was at HSUS for 13 years. He was a vice president for many years and a public face of the organization, even being inducted into the “Animal Rights Hall of Fame” (yes, there really is such a thing). Yet there has been no public announcement from Shapiro, HSUS, CEO Wayne Pacelle (a big pal of Shapiro’s), or any other HSUS leaders that we can see. You’d think these guys would be full of praise for departing colleagues’ “new adventures” and such.

    Does this sound like an amicable departure?

    Anyone with information can reach us at [email protected]. Anonymity guaranteed.

    Posted on 01/04/2018 at 8:52 am by Humane Watch Team.

    Topics: Animal AgricultureAnimal Rights ExtremismExecutive Staff


  • HSUS VP Dines With Potential Animal Rights Terrorist

    The Humane Society of the United States is not the cute, fuzzy group it sounds like based on its name and its ads. It is a group run by animal-liberation radicals from PETA and other groups who simply market themselves as moderates in order to raise cash—money that they use to fund their campaigns. HSUS leaders have defended the Animal Liberation Front (an FBI-designated terrorist group) and praised PETA, among other things.

    So perhaps it’s no surprise that last week HSUS vice president Josh Balk had dinner with Wayne Hsiung, leader of the extremist group Direct Action Everywhere (DxE). The phrase “direct action,” according to the FBI, is “criminal activity designed to cause economic loss or to destroy property or operations.”

    DxE has openly admitted to breaking into farms and stealing animals. The FBI is reportedly investigating following a DxE theft of piglets at a Utah farm. Under the federal Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act, passed in 2006, it is a crime  if someone “intentionally damages or causes the loss of any real or personal property (including animals or records) used by an animal enterprise … for the purpose of damaging or interfering with” its operations.

    By its own admission, DxE appears to fit the legal bill of animal-rights terrorism. (DxE, of course, spins law-breaking as “open rescues” that are morally acceptable vigilante actions against “the system.”)

    DxE is also known for its publicity stunts such as harassing restaurant guests eating a meal or haranguing people at the supermarket. DxE goes after animal protein suppliers that are considered by some to be more humane, such as Whole Foods suppliers, because the group is against all meat, cheese, and eggs no matter how the animals are raised. DxE has the proposed goal of banning meat in Berkeley, CA, by 2025—and eventually everywhere. Essentially, they have the same agenda as PETA, except with more aggression and less killing of pets.

    Why is an HSUS executive hanging out with this guy? Use Occam’s Razor. HSUS and Direct Action Everywhere have similar goals to stop Americans from enjoying meat, even if the means are different. HSUS needs to raise $100 million a year, so it’s not likely going to steal animals from farms and risk a federal investigation. But it seems to be another example of how HSUS leadership is quite cozy with the more radical members of the animal rights movement.

    Posted on 12/28/2017 at 1:07 pm by Humane Watch Team.

    Topics: Animal AgricultureAnimal Rights Extremism


  • HSUS Dishonesty, Part 1,453

    One of the things people hate most about politicians and politics is the rank dishonesty that exists in how they speak—or double-speak—about issues. Look no further than a blog post this week from HSUS CEO and lobbyist Wayne Pacelle.

    Pacelle blogged about the Supreme Court’s decision not to hear an appeal from several state attorneys general and a governor who challenged a California law in court. The law, backed by HSUS, bans the sale of regular—that is, conventionally produced—eggs in the state. Most egg-laying hens are housed in cages, and the California law said that farmers in other states would have to use larger cages or no cages if they wanted to sell in California. The AGs thought this was overreach by California. Generally, states can only restrict interstate commerce if there’s a (legitimate) public health or safety issue.

    Pacelle’s angle was that these state AGs were violating states’ rights. California, he argued, should be able to set its own standards for eggs allowed to be sold in the state.

    Yet at the same time, Pacelle himself lobbied for a federal bill increasing regulations on egg production just a few years ago. The bill would have overridden California’s egg laws. Gee, what about California’s rights? Pacelle couldn’t have cared less, but now that it’s convenient—the federal bill died—he’s singing a different tune.

    The California law predictably caused massive spikes in the price of eggs—as it was intended. HSUS doesn’t support eating eggs (or bacon, or any other animal protein), and so it lobbies for laws that will raise the cost of these food items. These laws hurt the poorest members of society the most.

    It’s a shame the Supreme Court opted against hearing the case. HSUS’s case relied on claiming that regular eggs are “unsafe,” which is more dishonesty. The US produces nearly 8 billion eggs per month and yet last year the CDC reports tracing eggs to just a handful of illnesses.

    We suspect a similar HSUS-backed law in Massachusetts will come under legal challenge. Hopefully the Supreme Court won’t pass the second time around.

    Posted on 06/02/2017 at 10:11 am by Humane Watch Team.

    Topics: Animal AgricultureEggs


  • BREAKING: IRS Complaint Filed Against HSUS, Whole Foods, GAP

    Today, we filed a complaint with the Internal Revenue Service against Whole Foods Market, the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), and Global Animal Partnership (GAP) for what we believe is an improper profit-driven effort to benefit Whole Foods.

    HSUS and surrogate animal-liberation allies are currently engaging in campaigns threatening restaurants and other companies to switch to GAP-certified meat. GAP was created by Whole Foods (its first address was the Whole Foods corporate HQ) and has been funded predominately by Whole Foods since its inception. Currently, Whole Foods is paying the salaries of three GAP employees, including the executive director.

    Why was GAP created? To create animal-welfare labeling that Whole Foods could use to promote its high-priced meats.

    So why did HSUS join in on the racket? Whole Foods CEO John Mackey is on the board of HSUS, while HSUS CEO Wayne Pacelle is on the board of GAP. (Mackey was on the board of GAP until 2014 when he seems to have been replaced by Whole Foods President AC Gallo.)

    See why it smells rotten? HSUS and GAP are both non-profit 501(c)(3) organizations, yet the ménage á trois between the entities appears to benefit Whole Foods. Essentially, it sees HSUS being the “enforcer” pressuring companies to commit to only buying products certified by the Whole-Foods-employee-run GAP. That will drive up the costs for Whole Foods’ competition or cause them to face a public brand attack. It also tells consumers that GAP meat at Whole Foods is the only “humane” meat—because Whole Foods and HSUS are the ones who get to define what it means to be “humane.”

    Posted on 05/08/2017 at 4:32 pm by HumaneWatch Team.

    Topics: Animal AgricultureEggsMeat


  • Best in No-Show: HSUS Nowhere to be Found as Animals Die on the Plains

    With wildfires whipping across the Great Plains, a large number of people and animals have fallen victim to fast moving infernos. Around 1.6 million acres, so far, have been burnt.

    Unable to outrun the fast-moving blaze, several people lost their lives while others lost their livelihoods, their animals and crops. While people from the plains are known for rugged self-reliance in the face of natural disasters, many charities and the farming and ranching communities from around the country are rallying to help those afflicted.

    But what of the Humane Society of the United States? Surely this is a chance to step up. HSUS has gone to great lengths to posture as a friend of agriculture (even as it attacks regular farming and ranching practices) and as a charity that’s always “there” to help animals. Yet it appears to be standing silent and unmoved as animals are in dire need. As ranchers and farmers from across the country gather hay, fencing supplies, and bottles to feed calves to help the animals affected, we haven’t seen a single peep from HSUS about chipping in. (And given how many press releases HSUS puts out, its staff would’ve let the world know.)

    Action—or inaction—speaks louder than words. “Flyover country” apparently doesn’t matter to HSUS enough to withdraw one penny from its multimillion-dollar Cayman Island funds.

    Posted on 03/24/2017 at 11:15 am by HumaneWatch Team.

    Topics: Animal Agriculture


  • Will HSUS Campaign Against Eating Lobster?

    The Washington Post recently reported on a situation in Australia whereby a seafood company was convicted of animal cruelty for preparing a lobster in an inhumane fashion. The piece quotes three—yes, three—people employed by HSUS-affiliated groups, and it got us wondering: Will HSUS campaign against eating lobster? We think HSUS will, and here’s why.

    The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) is the big brother of PETA. We have often noted that the difference between the two groups is style, not ideology. HSUS feigns moderation, while PETA performs naked street theater and takes strident positions against eating meat, visiting zoos, and even owning pets.

    Since HSUS employs a number of high-profile PETA alumni, we can usually use PETA as a marker for the direction HSUS is moving.

    In 2009, PETA launched the “Sea Kittens” campaign in an effort to re-brand fish as cute and, therefore, inedible. Now, Jonathan Balcombe – Director for Animal Sentience at the HSUS’s so-called Institute for Science and Policy – has picked up the baton and argues in his book that “each fish is a unique individual, not just with a biology, but with a biography.” Heaven forbid a sushi chef serve up Nemo.

    PETA has also launched a “lobster liberation” campaign arguing that we shouldn’t eat this particular seafood. Expect HSUS to make the case for PETA by repeating similar points as Balcombe is using to lay the groundwork against eating fish.

    The logic here is fishy, to say the least. But vegan advocacy groups are beginning to rally around these talking points about “sentience” as scientific gospel. These efforts are designed to sway public opinion. Will they work? It’s a heavy lift. But that doesn’t mean HSUS won’t try.

    Posted on 03/17/2017 at 1:24 pm by HumaneWatch Team.

    Topics: Animal AgricultureHunting & FishingMeat


  • Why Does the Humane Society Want Animals to Get Sick?

    There’s been a lot in the news about antibiotic resistance and how that might affect the medical community’s efforts to fight bacterial illness. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about one-third of antibiotic prescriptions in humans are unnecessary. And it’s this misuse of antibiotics that is helping drive resistance.

    But you wouldn’t hear that from the Humane Society of the United States. Instead, HSUS and environmental activists are trying to blame farms. Farmers, with approval from veterinarians, can use antibiotics to treat or prevent disease in animals. And HSUS is trying to ban preventive use of antibiotics, which makes as much sense as banning the flu shot.

    At CuriosityStream—a new-ish streaming-documentary venture—HSUS CEO Wayne Pacelle appears in a short video discussing antibiotic resistance. And Lyin’ Wayne tells some real whoppers. So much so that we produced the video below dissecting what he says.

    After you watch it, ask yourself this question: Why is a “Humane Society” advocating for a ban on antibiotic use that will result in more animals getting sick? Hint: The answer lies in understanding HSUS’s real agenda.


    Posted on 02/23/2017 at 12:00 pm by Humane Watch Team.

    Topics: Animal AgricultureAudio & Video


  • New Parody Video: I’m PETA, and I’m HSUS

    Most Americans understand that PETA, with its lettuce bikinis and gross “unhappy meals” for kids, is a radical organization. Its president and co-founder Ingrid Newkirk has called pet ownership an “abysmal situation” and said, “Even if animal research resulted in a cure for AIDS, we’d be against it.” PETA also has killed 35,000 animals at its headquarters since 1998, according to animal custody records it files with the state of Virginia.

    If a bunch of PETA employees went to work at a different animal rights group, would you expect this organization is just as radical?

    Probably so. And that’s exactly the situation with the Humane Society of the United States. Consider that HSUS’s food policy director has trivialized the Holocaust by comparing modern farms to Nazi concentration camps. Meanwhile, HSUS CEO Wayne Pacelle, who has said, “I don’t want to see another cat or dog born,” also once mused about a merger between HSUS and PETA.

    What’s the real difference between HSUS and PETA? Our new ad gets down to it:

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    Posted on 01/18/2017 at 9:56 am by Humane Watch Team.

    Topics: Animal AgricultureAudio & VideoMediaVideo


  • Rapid Reaction: Ringling’s Rollback

    Over the weekend news broke that Ringling Bros. is shutting down its circus in May, after a storied 146-year existence. This is obviously a loss for animal lovers who enjoyed the Big Top shows, as well as the company itself, which has been harassed for years by animal liberation extremists at the Humane Society of the United States and PETA. Ringling fought the good fight for years—even winning a $25.2 million settlement in litigation against HSUS and other activist groups—but the news that the circus is shutting down isn’t surprising. It was only a matter of time.

    Why? Because the elephants are gone. In 2015, Ringling phased out elephant acts from its shows due to pressure from activists and local elephant bans. According to the company, ticket sales declined precipitously afterward, leading to this weekend’s decision to shut down the traveling show altogether.

    That teaches us two things: One, at the very least a large segment of the public has not bought into the animal rights extremists’ claims that circus shows are bad for animals. People wanted to see elephants. When the elephants were gone, so did their reason for going to the circus.

    Two, local legislation can cripple a national business. The HSUS/PETA contingent lobbied for localities to pass bans on elephant guides, a tool needed to safely handle elephants. These were effectively bans on Ringling coming to town, and contributed to Ringling’s decision to phase out elephant acts completely.

    While a lot of political matters are best dealt with at the local level, what constitutes proper elephant handling isn’t one of them. Neither is what animals pet stores can sell, or what kind of eggs and pork supermarkets can sell. HSUS and PETA can’t get their legislation passed at the federal level, so they’ve turned to states and localities to do their bidding for them. Perhaps more preemption bills are needed, starting with the King Amendment, which would override HSUS-backed state laws that interfere with common agricultural practices.

    For years, activists at PETA and HSUS did everything they could to stop Ringling Bros. from having elephants and often claimed that capitulating would be good for the circus business. In this case they were obviously wrong–but then again, PETA and HSUS don’t care. Their goal is total animal liberation and they don’t mind shuttering businesses and putting people out of work to do it.

    These radicals are moving on to their next targets. These people don’t believe in zoos and aquariums either, so we expect them to ramp up their attacks on these institutions. Everyone from a farmer to a pet owner should make sure to take notice. At the end of the day, anyone who owns an animal is an HSUS/PETA target.

    Posted on 01/16/2017 at 4:20 pm by Humane Watch Team.

    Topics: Animal AgricultureCircuses


  • Maine Governor Slams HSUS Inhumanity

    Speaking Monday, Maine Gov. Paul LePage had some choice words for HSUS. Speaking at an agriculture event, LePage unleashed on HSUS for its hypocrisy in conducting farm investigations—while not reporting the results of the investigations in a timely manner.

    LePage’s beef is specifically with an undercover investigation HSUS did at an egg farm, which it used for a political campaign last fall in neighboring Massachusetts. State authorities investigated the farm following HSUS’s claims, and found no evidence of animal cruelty, they announced this week.

    Speaking about the situation, LePage said: “They [HSUS] hired a gentleman to come in (and) take care of the chickens. So what did he do? He brought his camera and he was watching chickens doing things where they were being hurt. And he never lifted a finger. In fact, he was cruel to animals. And then [HSUS] used the whistleblower laws to protect themselves. I don’t think that political organizations that are nonprofit that claim to be doing something while they do something else should get protected by the whistleblower act.”

    It is quite hypocritical. The idea that HSUS can conduct vigilante undercover filming and then withhold evidence from authorities for weeks or months (while it prepares a media campaign) is preposterous. If HSUS wants to stop animal cruelty, then it should report it immediately. Even kindergarteners can understand “See something, say something.”

    In fact, we’d argue that withholding evidence of animal cruelty—perhaps allowing it to continue while a self-appointed activist keeps filming—makes HSUS complicit.

    HSUS is not a law-enforcement or investigative agency. It’s a vegan advocacy group. Since HSUS is betraying the public trust and the animals HSUS and Wayne Pacelle claim to speak for, LePage is right to seek legal reforms to correct these shenanigans.

    Posted on 01/13/2017 at 12:58 pm by Humane Watch Team.

    Topics: Animal AgricultureEggsGov't, Lobbying, Politics