Another NYC billboard pokes at HSUS

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click image to zoomHumaneWatchHumaneWatch The next round of billboards is up in New York City, criticizing the Humane Society of the United States and hoping to get people to ask, “where’s the funding?”

The HumaneWatch-sponsored billboards first arrived in New York City's Times Square in 2011 and recently also popped up around Washington, D.C. Now one of the billboards is back in New York City, and people from around the country are cheering it on.

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“Thank you for exposing these money-grubbing jerks,” one fan wrote on HumaneWatch’s Facebook page.

“I love it!!!!! The billboard that is. Thanks for putting them on the spot,” another added.  

HumaneWatch is a project of the nonprofit Center for Consumer Freedom (CCF). Its message on this and previous billboards is that despite most Americans’ belief to the contrary, HSUS is not a national umbrella group that represents community-based humane societies, and it shares less than 1 percent of its income with underfunded pet shelters at the local level.

The billboards use the same tactics as HSUS ads do – use images of puppies and kittens to get the attention of consumers.

“HSUS is an animal rights group that uses heart-wrenching images of dogs and cats to guilt the American public into donating. But it’s sharing less than one percent of the proceeds with the hands-on shelters that actually care for these animals,” said Rick Berman, CCF’s executive director. “HSUS’s millions support a huge staff of lawyers and lobbyists, bloated executive pension plans, exorbitant fundraising expenses, and bankroll an animal rights agenda that attacks modern farming.”

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rachael bannister    
Ga  |  September, 11, 2013 at 03:04 PM

The main problem you have is HSUS has Lobbist and money to fight against some of the practices of meat producers. Why not spend your time and money on making life good for the small farmer and their families.

John Anderson    
midwest  |  September, 12, 2013 at 08:52 AM

At Rachael: Agreed, the HSUS does have lobbyist for them. But so do we, the farmers. The problem is that the HSUS capitalizes on the "few bad apples". And then exploits them as how ALL farmers behave. As producers we need to do a better job of getting our message out there. I've been confronted about our farming practices, as the person understood we too "harm" our animals. As the HSUS video shows. I corrected them and admitted that, unfortunately there are those producers or workers that make bad decisions on their animal husbandry practices. In an effort to explain this further I attempted to bring it back to the human perspective. And asked if they are accepting of those parents who abuse their children? Obviously the answer was "NO". Exactly, I noted, no humane human would be accepting of child abuse. Yet those abusers exist, and must be punished for their actions. Just as those farmers who do wrong must be punished. And it made clear that any practices that harm animals are in-fact unacceptable. To follow-up on your last comment about, "making life good for the small farmer". You appear to imply that the "small farmer" is being discriminated against? If that were the case (not sure it is), and practices/policies were changed to benefit the "small farmer" would then the "large farmer" not have the right to claim "discrimination"? All farmers, big and small, have the ability to have a "good life". I personally know of both "small" and "large" farmers who are both succeeding and failing. It is NOT a matter of size, and we MUST stop this in-fighting. And work for the overall betterment of ALL producers Thanks for your thoughts and for being open to mine. John

Terry Ward    
Pa.  |  September, 12, 2013 at 12:58 PM

Humane Society donations are up Nobody pays attention to this nonsense. Maybe enter the 21st. century already.

Rachael Bannister    
Ga  |  September, 12, 2013 at 01:09 PM

I do not believe you went there Discrimation? Really.

T NEff    
SW Missouri  |  September, 12, 2013 at 01:41 PM

It was a polite response by John. Let me re-interpret. HSUS is a leach on society akin to ambulance chasers looking to line their pockets. It asks for donations under false pretentions. Maybe HSUS should spend their time and money on making life good for the small farmer and their families. This would surely even the playing field and prevent the evil practices of the "Big" factory farms. A happy cow is a fat cow. Read as meat producer.

Thom Katt    
Midwest  |  September, 12, 2013 at 02:59 PM

Terry, I've been hearing otherwise. Can you provide links to citations that support your claim that donations to HSUS are up? HSUS collected less in 2011 than 2010. The 2012 IRS 990 Report won't be out until November so we can't search that. All we have to go in is HSUS annual reports for 2012 and 2011. I couldn't navigate the 2011 Annual Report. It caused my computer to freeze. Of course dollar volumen is only one measure. You also have to look at the number of individual donors. As people get the word that HSUS is a political action front group that is baiscally not associated with local animal shelters, I suspect many people are wising up and donating their dollars to the people they know, near home.

Terry Ward    
Pa.  |  September, 12, 2013 at 03:10 PM


kansas  |  September, 13, 2013 at 12:32 PM

Great work HumaneWatch! Exactly what's needed in today's world... razor sharp and on-target for our short-attention span, low-information public today. Wasting time & money with the dry lecturing "education" practiced by our producer groups and university affiliates has been, for good reason, a complete disaster for us and set us behind by 10 years. There's no reason to be polite to liars and sleeze-bags like these. Call them out for what they are in no uncertain terms, in public, often. Other producer groups and public representatives need to take a lesson from your work. THANK YOU! PS - We need to apply the same practices to our False Allies in the USDA under Vilsack. He, like everyone else in the current administraton... epa/cass sunstein/etc, is a Tool of eco-extremists and animal rightists and does more to undermine modern farming than supporting it. USDA/Vilsack are NOT our friends or supporters... make sure That is pointed out too.

kansas  |  September, 14, 2013 at 02:21 PM

No Rachael, you "went there" when you implied that Big Farmers benefit unfairly under law. If that were true, instead of False, there are plenty of scab-kneed lawyers who would have already filled courts with contingency based lawsuits. The fact is that there are more "programs" (aka, subsidies, grants, loans, etc.) in place EXCLUSIVELY for "small farmers" than there ever have been before, distributing 10s & 100s of Million$. Don't be disingenous, unless you really haven't bothered to look at the USDA web site, or individual State agency sites, which are brimming with them. Here's a link for you in GA: Why don't you "go there" (&USDA too) to see how wrong you are?

Canada  |  September, 21, 2013 at 08:59 AM

Problem are humanewatch are part of CCF which are founded / funded by Monsanto, Tobacco giants and they are a bunch of liars and deceivers. They are lobbyists spreading lies and deceit. Is amazing the agriculture industries are hypocrites. I see farmers protesting and suing Monsanto, Farmers risks of losing lots of cash by suing these terrorist and criminal against humanity known as Monsanto. But they support them?? If they support CCF and Humanewatch they support Monsanto. These lobbyist groups are evil, they waste LOTS of money on putting these stupid signs, making ads and own selfish pockets. HSUS are helping animals. Rick Berman is a scoundrel and a tyrant if you EVEN check the background of this TERRIBLE human being. David Martosko is a convicted drunk driver. Humanwatch is a scam, is mocking of everyone who died of tobacco related cancer if people support CCF and HW. They are funded by blood money from mass murderers such as Philip Morris Tobacco. These sick subspecies even move their companies in poor countries and children smoke because these countries has no laws. If people protest or expose tobacco giants, they threat or KILL the person trying to stop tobacco tyrants. Who would be SICK in the head to support these horrible Mafia-like tyrants.? Simple. People supporting Center for Con$umer freedom / HumaneWatch. They attack Mother against drunk drivers, they don't care about obesity issues. LOL check USA being one of the fattest country on Earth. They are evil money grubbing tyrants. Is amazing majorities of people are fools and they support these things even without researching their backgrounds.

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