Getting HSUS to shush

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HSUS lawyers The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) has been a pain in the back for agriculture producers across the nation. However, HSUS and similar activist groups are being exposed for what they really are about by organizations interested in maintaining the livelihoods of farmers and ranchers across the U.S.

At the 25th annual World Pork Expo this past week Rick Berman, chief executive officer of Berman and Company (an organization that leads HumaneWatch) and Brian Klippenstein, executive director of Protect the Harvest, spoke during the Strategic Investment Program luncheon.

Both men shared with the crowd their experience being advocates for agriculture and other industries.

Berman started combating animal activist groups like People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) before moving onto what he calls "the bigger problem." His group HumaneWatch has been setting the record straight on HSUS since 2010 by placing advertisements in Times Square and having commercials appear on national television.

"The animal welfare movement has now gotten mixed into the animal rights movement," stated Berman.

Berman says Wayne Pacelle, the chief executive officer of HSUS, is to be commended for his ability to get donations and ramp up support for his group, but he’s been doing it in an untruthful manner.

"If he's got to spend a dollar he'd rather spend it on chickens than cats or dogs," Berman says. "But that's not what he tells the donors. He tells them their money is for cats and dogs."

Many donors to HSUS see the images of abused pets and think it’s going to their local shelters to help dogs and cats. In actuality donation money is going to advertising campaigns and starting legislation that negatively affects animal agriculture, which will ultimately move the U.S. consumer in a more vegan direction.

"At the end of the day all he (Pacelle) is about is increasing the cost for agriculture," Berman relates.

Rick Berman of HumaneWatch Protect the Harvest, the organization Klippenstein is involved with, has been focused on the media in their campaigns and part of the strategy has been to inform, protect and respond.

Klippenstein understands the reality behind animal agriculture as he was raised on a farm in Missouri.

"Your love of animals is real," says Klippenstein. "It's good business to love the animals."

He said during his presentation that Washington, D.C., has become one the richest places in the U.S. and non-profit groups like HSUS and PETA are part of this movement.

"These non-profits have become lucrative,” he says. "Never underestimate how entrepreneurial our opponents are."

He addressed the backlash from activist groups by saying, "If we don't fight, we will lose."

Klippenstein shared at the event some advice his wife Jackie told him, "We need to become as good at humanizing farmers as they (activist groups) are at humanizing animals."

This brings back around the point of agriculture producers being more actively engaged in telling their story through social media or just by having a discussion with consumers in the grocery story.

"But at the end of the day, Paul Harvey was right. You guys are it," ended Klippenstein.



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susan carter    
USA  |  June, 10, 2013 at 06:13 PM

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Anthony    
Everywhere  |  June, 10, 2013 at 07:20 PM

Be surprised if you get a reply, Susan. You're exactly right.

j guttman    
June, 10, 2013 at 08:49 PM

Wow this is disgusting! What the heck is wrong w/ y'all ? Do u just like murdering!

Amanda Katz    
USA  |  June, 10, 2013 at 10:16 PM

"If he's got to spend a dollar he'd rather spend it on chickens than cats or dogs," Berman says. "But that's not what he tells the donors. He tells them their money is for cats and dogs." Really, Mr. Berman? How about we take a look at the HSUS About Us page - you know, the page you go to on an organization's website to find out what it does? Here's what you will find: "The Humane Society of the United States is the nation's largest and most effective animal protection organization. We help animals by advocating for better laws to protect animals; conducting campaigns to reform industries; providing animal rescue and emergency response; investigating cases of animal cruelty; and caring for animals through our sanctuaries and wildlife rehabilitation centers, emergency shelters and clinics." http://www.humanesociety.org/about/ Now where is the HSUS telling people it only helps cats and dogs?

Bruce    
June, 11, 2013 at 09:05 AM

Amanda, Mr. Berman didn't say it only helps cats and dogs. If you watch the HSUS advertisements on TV the majority of them are showing mistreated cute little dogs and cats, so anyone donating based on these would assume it goes to help the cute little puppy. When in fact only one percent of the HSUS's budget goes to local pets and pet shelters. When you compare the fact that the HSUS has a 17 million dollar pension fund And a far larger percent of thier money going towards anti-ag propaganda and lawsuits i would say that's false advertising somewhere along the way.

nefsouthpaws    
USA  |  June, 11, 2013 at 09:47 AM

HSUS and their supporters try so hard to wiggle out of this -- desperately attempting to rewrite history. This is why they fear Berman and the mirror he holds up before them. Just one HumaneWatch blog entry about direct mail alone helps make it an open and shut case. And how disingenuous to accuse all those faithful donors who now feel betrayed of just being stupid. Great PR... "We’re reprinting some of the more deceptive and misleading quotes below. As you’ll see, many of them use emotionally manipulative language and reference puppies and kittens, as if that’s what your donation will go towards. Our regular readers are fully aware, though, that HSUS doesn’t run any shelters and even its CEO admits only 20 percent of its efforts involve pets." 2005 renewal letter: "Perhaps your renewal will go towards purchasing a pet carrier, collars, leashes and food and water bowls…" 2010 renewal: “Every day that passes, another 10,958 cats and dogs, kittens and puppies are killed. That’s more than 7 every minute! … So please send your best member gift of $15, $25, $50 or as much as you can give to protect and save precious puppies’ and kittens’ lives.” 2010 membership letter: “Just as alarming are reports show [sic] an estimated four million dogs, cat, puppies, and kittens are euthanized in shelters each year – that’s one pet put to sleep every eight seconds – due to a critical lack of resources.” [more at page--the HumaneWatch Web site is overflowing with documented evidence to firmly back up all of their assertions] http://www.humanewatch.org/the_50_million_sca

Cathy    
Spruce Pine, NC  |  June, 11, 2013 at 10:05 AM

What the heck are you saying? I struggle to understand people like you. What is disgusting? Murdering who? Do you ever say anything that makes sense? Please let me know what you are saying here.

michael    
kansas  |  June, 11, 2013 at 12:09 PM

What? We do NOT want HSUS or PETA or ALF to shush, we want them to continue to lie and lie loudly... and then we want to Expose Their Lies even louder. When caught & called-out in their lies, they are their OWN undoing. They are deeply deceit-based operations, dependent on the ignorance, gullibility and naievete' of not only the general public, but moreso in the mainstream media. The popular press and new left are their best allies and promoters because NO ONE has Seriously Challenged them (until these recent arrivals, humanewatch & protecttheharvest). Producer sponsored dry and mind-numbing academic lectures regarding the right & good of livestock farming do Nothing to help us, and are instantly written-off as the work of industry corrupted, paid advocates. Let them bury themselves, it is more effective.

michael    
kansas  |  June, 11, 2013 at 01:10 PM

Ms. Katz - Do you think the average HSUS solicitation target is rural, and familiar with "animal protection" beyond pet/companion animals? Average "targets" have no intellectual ability or experience to extend HSUS's well-considered, intentionally misleading terminology and euphemisms to farm/food animals... and I suspect you know this. Can you highlight a Single Mention in your quote of Chickens, Cows, Pigs? Can you honestly say that any of their targets think of farm animals in conjunction with "(OUR?) sanctuaries & wildlife rehabilitation centers, emergency shelters and clinics." If you can, you're either intensely & willfully ignorant, delusional or a bald-faced liar. And, BTW, where are these "OUR" facilities located? Last I read, HSUS owned & operated NO animal facilities themselves. HSUS is a professionally careful and subtle liar because it serves their purposes. People who believe their misrepresentations and misinformation are suckers HSUS is laughing at, all the way to their bank.

michael    
kansas  |  June, 11, 2013 at 01:26 PM

Susan/Anthony - Tag-Team, Sweet-Talk Trolling, a new tactic from the psy-ops division of HSUS trolling central? Ms. Carter's obvious, transparent & hilarious pretense of being some kind of livestock producer ("we", bwahahaha!) almost resulted in spewing coffee across my keyboard. And having Anthony sing sweet, sweet harmony really is a Special Touch! Kudos to you 20 something hsus hipsters for hatching this puerile insult to the intelligence of porknetwork readers! It certainly is entertaining! Next time, try listing yourselves as being from Flyoverlandia, KS or some such, instead of "USA" & "Everywhere". That'll get you 10-15 seconds of believability. Now back to the HSUS basement with you, poorly masked, skinny jeans crusaders!

Corinne    
NY  |  June, 11, 2013 at 03:55 PM

I'm not a farmer just a consumer. When I want info about husbandry I ask a farmer. I don't believe anything that comes out of the radical AR groups such as H$U$. Factory farming, HA just a meaningless propaganda term like "puppymill". Those who use "factory" farm include those that are small family operated to. Specifically in terms of commercial rabbit meat production AR groups lie about everything!!! I wish more people who aren't experienced w/ farming would start talking to farmers & stop assuming the AR groups-who are opposed to all animal use are being honest. What do they even know about farming when they cut meat and dairy out of their diets, I bet the vast vast majority have never raised any type of animal let alone tried to operate a farm. I grew up next to one and have a little understanding of how hard life is for the farmer. I applaud the tech that has allowed more quantity because that has kept food prices down so we all can afford to eat. My message to farmers, explain what you do and WHY, most people are so clueless about raising animals they are easily mislead by the animal rights radicals. Let them know ARAs don't farm, so how in the world would they know anything about why things are done on a farm!!!

Thom Katt    
Midwest  |  June, 11, 2013 at 04:04 PM

"Now where is the HSUS telling people it only helps cats and dogs?" You misquoted what Mr. Berman said. He said "rather" not "only" But, the point is, HSUS a runs lots of commercials and they mostly show dogs and cats being rescued. They do show a few horses and a cow or two. No poultry, even though that is the species on which HSUS is currently focusing it's legislative attention. And no pigs which is where HSUS was a few years ago with legislation. And HSUS touts their rescue funtion even thought they don't spend much of their money on that. HSUS spends the largest percentage of collected donations on legislative work, including paying for a phalanx of about 29 lawyers who are on the HSUS staff full time. They never show lawyers in their advertisements. HSUS also doesn't show or discuss all of the lobbyists the organization pays to roam the halls of the U.S. Capital and numerous state Capitals. If the legislative function so necessary and so pure, why do you suppose Wayne Pacelle and HSUS don't feature that in their donation soliciting advertisments?

    
June, 12, 2013 at 12:29 AM

Good thing the Gov doesn't pay you to read emails or code, Michael. I'm an over 60 hard-working grandma.I've farmed everything but goats. Though I did milk them for my friend Edna when she was in the hospital.

susan carter    
usa  |  June, 12, 2013 at 12:39 AM

You obviously are not a farmer or have never ben one Corrine. Do you really think there is no difference between a dog having puppies at home and a puppy -mill ? Have you never seen the horrid conditions in a puppy mill ? Same with hog, beef, dairy or horse. Do you think there is no difference? Do you really believe that Quantity is better than Quality? You need to get your manicured nails dirty, little girl.

dfarmer    
wi  |  June, 12, 2013 at 09:06 AM

proud member of PETA PEOPLE EATING TASTY ANIMALS

Tonia    
Iowa  |  June, 12, 2013 at 09:27 AM

Actually, stunning animals with a captive-bolt gun (or other methods) prior to slaughter is very humane. A great deal of research has gone, and continues to go on, into finding the least stressful techniques for the end of the animal's life. No one wants to cause needless pain. If you knew any real livestock producers, you would be overwhelmed at the passion and dedication they have for their animals. Killing an animal is rarely warm and fuzzy, but it is a necessary part of animal husbandry. Given the numbers of cats and dogs the HSUS has been involved in euthanizing, I would think they would know that by now.

DG    
OR  |  June, 12, 2013 at 09:31 AM

Susan, your commentary on this article has rendered anything you say going forward totally laughable. Why is it that the real farmers - folks who are out there right now, taking care of their livestock - don't feel like they have to put up their resume (I've worked on dairy farm, a horse farm, I really have oh my!) to make their point believable? Total lack of credibility for you, Susan, when I read that.

Elane    
CA  |  June, 12, 2013 at 12:57 PM

You could not be more wrong, Large CAFO's are not inhumane. To feed an ever enlarging population farmers and ranchers across this nation are turning to larger operations. This does not mean they are more or less humane. Large operations take special care to treat animals humanly and meet their scientific needs. We need to base care on science and history not emotion.

Elane    
CA  |  June, 12, 2013 at 01:01 PM

I think Susan is a plant from so AR! No one from any ag background talks like that, no respect for animals. True to their agenda. Plant mis-information on these sites just to make trouble. Just another proof that all AR's have a real mental problem~

Elane    
CA  |  June, 12, 2013 at 01:06 PM

Susan, no GMO alfalfa crops. You are for sure a plant! Why cause trouble? Educate yourself! Oh and don't talk with your mouthfull of food that American Farmer's wrok so hard to produce for you. The average American Rancher or Farmer produces enouth food to feed about 255 people, (probably before you even roll out of bed). What have you done today?

Elane    
CA  |  June, 12, 2013 at 01:08 PM

Susan, No GMO alfalfa, now I know for sure you are a plant! The American Farmer and Rancher on the average produces enough food to feed about 255 people nationwide. (probably before you roll out of bed) What have you done today?

Ria    
CA  |  June, 12, 2013 at 01:27 PM

With regard to euthanasia of horses, here is a publication that authors from the University of California, Davis School of Veterinary Medicine and the California Department of Food and Agriculture jointly wrote (one author is a veterinarian, the other an animal welfare specialist and horse owner): The Emergency Euthanasia of Horses: Consideration for Owners, Equine Facility Managers, Auction Market Operators, Horse Transporters, and Law Enforcement Officers http://www.vetmed.ucdavis.edu/vetext/local-assets/pdfs/pdfs_animal_welfare/emergEuth_horses2-2.pdf The authors wrote, "One of the most difficult decisions a person may make is when to end an animal’s life. Many of these decisions must be made in very stressful and less-than-ideal situations. We hope that this booklet can help make that decision the best one possible for both the animal and the owner. With a true appreciation of life comes the responsibility of ensuring a humane death.”

Chuck    
Kansas  |  June, 12, 2013 at 02:11 PM

Susan cater needs to come clean and 'out' herself. Her talking points are so obviously straight from the HSUS play book that I have to believe she is a plant/troll. Option to that, of course, is she is truly independent but incredibly reliant on others to do her thinking.

Dr. Lester Castro Friedlander,BA,DVM    
Wyalusing,Pennsylvania 18853  |  June, 12, 2013 at 06:45 PM

HSUS and Wayne Pacelle is an organization that is full of High Payed People who do not know anything. They rely on other People to tell them what to do. I have heard from numerous other Animal Rights Organizations that have worked with Wayne Pacelle and in the end he takes credit when something gets accomplished. I can not imagine the amount of money he pays his State Directors,His Girl Friend and the other Staff Members. For instance,Michael Greger is a Medical Doctor,and he gets payed alot of money to be The Director of Public Health and Animal Agriculture. He is a Medicsl Doctor,what the hell does he know about Animals and Animal Agriculture. He is not a Veterinarian. Just look at their web site and see how many different positions and jobs there are. A lot of these Salaries can go and help the animals,that need our help. Even if I was a Millionaire, I would not give one cent to HSUS. According to a recent survey of Non Profits,Wayne Pacelle,of HSUS makes over $200,000 a year and is ranked in the top 6% of CEOs and presidents of Non profits.

Dr. Lester Castro Friedlander,BA,DVM    
Wyalusing,Pennsylvania 18853  |  June, 12, 2013 at 06:45 PM

HSUS and Wayne Pacelle is an organization that is full of High Payed People who do not know anything. They rely on other People to tell them what to do. I have heard from numerous other Animal Rights Organizations that have worked with Wayne Pacelle and in the end he takes credit when something gets accomplished. I can not imagine the amount of money he pays his State Directors,His Girl Friend and the other Staff Members. For instance,Michael Greger is a Medical Doctor,and he gets payed alot of money to be The Director of Public Health and Animal Agriculture. He is a Medicsl Doctor,what the hell does he know about Animals and Animal Agriculture. He is not a Veterinarian. Just look at their web site and see how many different positions and jobs there are. A lot of these Salaries can go and help the animals,that need our help. Even if I was a Millionaire, I would not give one cent to HSUS. According to a recent survey of Non Profits,Wayne Pacelle,of HSUS makes over $200,000 a year and is ranked in the top 6% of CEOs and presidents of Non profits.

Barry    
Reality  |  June, 13, 2013 at 09:12 AM

Susan, this is getting old. Some of us are aware of your history and your associates. You're transparent and care infinitely more about crafting your image and misguided self-worth than animals. God entrusted the care of livestock to those who could handle it. He gave you a sanctimonious soapbox and a keyboard for a reason.

    
June, 14, 2013 at 02:34 PM

If a horse's life is to be ended, why make it for nothing? Is it not a better choice to allow the animal's body to be used for other products? Or should the life just be ended? The choice to sell a horse is different for everyone who has to make the decision. While it may not be an easy choice, it seems to be that to have the option of selling it to a place that can make something out of it is better than not.

    
June, 14, 2013 at 02:42 PM

Smaller is not better if we cannot feed the people of the world. You would rather see innocent children starve than see farmers use technology to be able to produce better crops? In an ideal world, smaller might be better and allow more attention to detail. I AM a farmer. It is in our best interest to take as good of care of our animals as possible.

Jerry Foster    
Missouri  |  June, 14, 2013 at 07:30 PM

Susan, you are living in a fantasy world where miniscule is equal to massive. You really would do better for yourself if you checked out reality some day.

beth aaron    
New Hampshire  |  February, 02, 2014 at 07:41 AM

Pigs share 99% of human DNA! That an industry has been created to massacre them by the tens of billions, makes me wonder and question our humanity. The saddest and most profound issue is that this "food" requires a dead heart and our culture's number 1 disease is heart disease. Pigs scream bloody murder as they are SO VERY SENSITIVE! I have cared for two I rescued, for twelve years( they can live very long lives but are butchered at months young)and know very well, how intelligent, sensitive, friendly , funny, and aware the species is. Your industry treats them like machines. If the slaughterhouses allowed viewers, most people would NOT consume them after seeing this most ugly, violent, agony inflicting violence. Put some photos and videos on your web pages on stunning, hoisting, scald tanks, etc..... You hide the truth, demonize advocates for vegan and animal freedom, while this industry increases disease in children the environment, and violently abuses sentient beings. Pigs are amazing MAMMALS who do not deserve the sick cruelty inherent in this industry. They are NO different than companion dogs or cats we love and would never treat this horrifically. Ask USDA to help fund transforming this industry to one that produces healthy, non-violence, disease preventing FOOD! We'll all agree to support this transformation.

beth aaron    
New Hampshire  |  February, 02, 2014 at 07:45 AM

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HZ3Bg3HEd6o WATCH THIS !!!!!! Now multiply by US pigs slaughtered 100,000,000 and in China, 450,000,000, and globally many more!


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