by NRA HLF Staff - Monday, July 25, 2016
The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) and the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) are two groups with essentially the same agenda: total animal “liberation.” Despite the organizations’ compassionate-sounding names—and the confusion between HSUS and local humane societies that actually run pet shelters across America—both groups are radical. The difference? PETA operates in a bold, in-your-face, aggressive manner while the HSUS is more strategic.
HSUS CEO Wayne Pacelle said, “We are going to use the ballot box and the democratic process to stop all hunting in the United States… We will take it species by species until all hunting is stopped in California. Then we will take it state by state.” And it has. HSUS works to pass laws restricting both hunting means and the ammunition that can be used. The goal? Make it harder—and more expensive—to hunt. While Pacelle made these comments on Dec. 30, 1991, as executive director of the anti-hunting group Fund for Animals (FFA), they show how long the anti-hunting campaign has worked to exterminate all hunting. (In 2004, FFA merged with HSUS under the HSUS umbrella and, Pacelle’s leadership, went on to merge with several more “animal welfare” groups to expand its reach.)
HSUS urges Americans to adopt “meatless Monday” and give up meat one day a week. As recently as June 2016 it failed in attempts to get a law passed that would have instituted meatless Mondays in all U.S. military cafeterias. HSUS lobbies to ban certain production methods in pork, and attacks large meat producers but claims to support smaller “humane” farmers. However, HSUS has invested donor money in the fake-meat startup Beyond Meat and maintains a vegan-only policy for its events, refusing to serve meat regardless of how it is produced. While HSUS may address the humane treatment of animals, it is a shield to hide its real agenda: no humane use of animals, not just as a food source, but as pets, livestock, circus animals, etc.
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