HSUS chooses cow tail docking ban over Colo. flood victims

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The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) raised more than $1.5 million for the Hurricane Sandy disaster relief – with just 33 percent going to relief efforts, according to Humane Watch – but in the wake of the historic floods that inundated northern Colorado last month, the group has been mostly silent on the national scene.

Wallet Locally, the group provided aid – to some. HSUS CEO Wayne Pacelle wrote in a September blog post that in just one day during the flood, the group’s Prairie Dog Coalition “rescued 45 prairie dogs.” Last week, the group also gave the Colorado Horsecare Foodbank a $5,000 grant to help provide hay to the state’s horse-owning families impacted by the floods.

But what about the rest of the flood’s furry victims?

Humane Watch shows that the HSUS left Longmont Humane Society to cover the workload of helping animals affected by the flooding, pushing its shelter well beyond its capacity.

The Longmont Humane Society worked to save these animals without financial donations or grants from the HSUS, even as it frantically tries to raise more than $770,000 by Nov. 30 to avoid possible foreclosure.  

The group is, however, opening up its checkbooks for one cause in Colorado – running a ballot initiative aimed at banning dairy cow tail docking, according to Humane Watch. A bill banning cow tail docking was briefly considered earlier this year before lawmakers decided not to pursue it.

Humane Watch reports that just one dairy in the state still practices tail docking, but that alone isn’t enough to convince the HSUS to back down from its cause. In recent years, the group pursued efforts in New Jersey and Florida to ban sow gestation stalls, despite few – if any – producers in the states used them.

Read more from Humane Watch.

Considering the HSUS spent more than $500,000 to help pass Missouri’s 2010 Proposition B, the amount the group will spend fighting to ban cow tail docking will easily surpass its contributions to Colorado’s flood victims.  

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kim deal    
October, 15, 2013 at 01:36 PM

The HSUS main "job" or "goal" is to get better laws passed to help and prevent cruelty to animals. They do alot of rescues, raids and have many programs that "help" animals. While I realize that there are many who are desperate and are in need of help, that isnt the main objective of HSUS. Maybe they can direct people to other organizations that can currently help? ASPCA is more of the rescue, need help now organization. HSUS does great work. Im sure if they are able to help, they will!

October, 15, 2013 at 05:35 PM


No name    
Oklahoma  |  October, 15, 2013 at 06:23 PM

Shame on them. Seems to me that HSUS's main job is to harass the agriculture business. Their only concern with animals is as a means to an end

NY  |  October, 16, 2013 at 12:22 PM

Sounds like Kim drank the cool aid and has not followed humane watch postings on what HSUS really does with their donations. HSUS has, as their goal elimination of animal ag plain and simple and to line their own pockets.

Prairie dog slayer    
The prairie  |  October, 16, 2013 at 03:00 PM

Did I just read "prairie dog coalition"? They saved 45 in one day? I probably shot twice as many that same day! How much did it cost them? It cost me 3 boxes of 17hmr at 12.99 a piece, how stupid do you feel now Wayne Pacelle?

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