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Sunday, July 26, 2009

HSUS- Dumb or Dishonest? ... or both?

Sometime They (HSUS) Play Right Into Dumb Without Realizing It or I Think They are Really Serious About This Being Important Information

Humane Society of the US Compiles State-by-State Regulations and Resources for Horse Euthanasia, Carcass Disposal.
When it comes to burying a horse, not all states are created equal. The same adage applies if you are looking for a rendering plant or a low-cost euthanasia program.But how would the average horse owner ever know?Enter the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), which has compiled what looks to be a valuable tool for veterinarians, rescue workers, and owners or holders of unwanted horses who are looking for an alternative to sending a horse to slaughter but don't know what their choices are. Hopefully, states will add services and resources as awareness grows, and also correct or add to their listings, so this resource will develop and grow.
This was posted by Fran Jurga on "http://equisearch.com/" . Actually the link she posted didn’t work but she graciously credited fuglyhorseofthedayblogspot with the information so I followed the bread crumbs.
Thursday, July 16, 2009
fuglyhorseoftheday blogspot Yes we are doing something (Well not really, but I suppose we should at least give you credit for a barely scratching the surface research project).
Anti-slaughter advocates are frequently criticized for not providing affordable options to slaughter. In reply, I'd like to present the new HSUS equine resources.
What a great and much needed resource! Please send to your friends and cross post to other message boards. Who knows how many horses this will save? My guess would be damn few but I tend to be a bit on the cynical side. A true follower of the cause chimes in first in an attempt to divert attention from the obvious……….
The reason those that say anti slaughter folks don't do anything to help the horses, is that they are trying to detract and want to promote horse slaughter, usually because they are making money off of it. Then they might have to try and get a real job instead of butchering horses. The kill buyers I have met are usually uneducated and can't make a living in a real profession.
Next person to comment actually read the site……….How does that link help people without money euth/dispose of their horses?Besides, the information is flawed. Under crematory services for Virginia, there's not ONE service that's actually in Virginia. One is in Maryland, another's in Iowa, and the third and last one listed is in Idaho. How the heck is that helpful?This list MIGHT be useful if folks have a ton of money to spend on euthing/disposal of bodies. It still doesn't address the issue of people who have run out of finances AND options.
As did this one………That list isn't quite as helpful as you'd think. I live in Maine, of the 5 or 6 places listed all except one are out of state which means transporting the carcass several hundred miles depending on where you live in the state. The sole in-state option is actually a butcher which I think is rather at odds with what the purpose of the list is. Quite frankly, these are not affordable options for anyone living in my area.
And this one agreed with the one person who could and actually did read, think about simple economics, did the math, and consulted the U.S. map……Mack Truck is right... it's flawed because those are the only ones in VA that will accept private owners remains. No it's not the list makers fault but um, still doesn't help people too much. I have heard good things about the MD people for my area... (SE VA) but what about SW VA? Long haul. If you have no $$$ for it's still not that helpful.
Some of these people might actually be paying attention to reality somewhere.
This is the actual website that does work. I am not so generous with my pat on the back for whoever compiled this information. I will grant you I didn’t read the entire site. Pretty much didn’t have to see it could have been put together by any junior high student with an internet connection and few hours to spend.
Here are some things I found interesting during my quick look see…..
These two websites were in the Equine Crematory information category for every state……..How did that happen??????
Ashes to Ashes Pet Cremation

22331 590th Street
Pomeroy, IA 50575 712-358-2600 "http://www.ncn.net/~scottdev"
Memorial Pet Care

654 E. King Street
Meridian, ID 83642 208-887-7669
This is used to dodge the “landfills (waste management facility, isn’t that cute???) don’t accept dead animals” excuse. See they told us it was just an excuse…… and yes, they do use the same phone number for all states. Come on somebody call the number to get information….. please call it just once. Maybe I will just for the fun of it…
Waste Management ® accepts equine carcasses at some but not all locations. To find out if your local Waste Management location will take horse carcasses, please contact them: "http://www.wm.com/" ; 800-963-4776
They did at least take the time to pull each state’s dead animal disposal laws out their respective state statute codes. There is no mention of how county or township zoning laws may affect these.
The state veterinary teaching college is used as each state’s euthanasia contact. A few more populated states do have more listings, but it still looks like a pretty broad surface job in researching contacts to me. Or maybe there are actually no programs out there?????
Near as I can tell $30,000,000 is still unaccounted for in HSUS spending. It obviously wasn’t spent on research, consulting, or anything to do with compiling the information put forth in this study.

7 Things You Didn't Know About HSUS
Consumer Freedom

1) The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) is a “humane society” in name only, since it doesn’t operate a single pet shelter or pet adoption facility anywhere in the United States. During 2007, HSUS contributed only 3.64 percent of its budget to organizations that operate hands-on dog and cat shelters. In reality, HSUS is a wealthy animal-rights lobbying organization (the largest and richest on earth) that agitates for the same goals as PETA and other radical groups.
2) Beginning on the day of NFL quarterback Michael Vick’s 2007 dogfighting indictment, HSUS raised money online with the false promise that it would “care for the dogs seized in the Michael Vick case.” The New York Times later reported that HSUS wasn’t caring for Vick’s dogs at all. And HSUS president Wayne Pacelle told the Times that his group recommended that government officials “put down” (that is, kill) the dogs rather than adopt them out to suitable homes. HSUS later quietly altered its Internet fundraising pitch.
3) HSUS’s senior management includes a former spokesman for the Animal Liberation Front (ALF), a criminal group designated as “terrorists” by the FBI. HSUS president Wayne Pacelle hired John “J.P.” Goodwin in 1997, the same year Goodwin described himself as “spokesperson for the ALF” while he fielded media calls in the wake of an ALF arson attack at a California veal processing plant. In 1997, when asked by reporters for a reaction to an ALF arson fire at a farmer’s feed co-op in Utah (which nearly killed a family sleeping on the premises), Goodwin replied, “We’re ecstatic.” That same year, Goodwin was arrested at a UC Davis protest celebrating the 10-year anniversary of an ALF arson at the university that caused $5 million in damage. And in 1998, Goodwin described himself publicly as a “former member of ALF.”
4) According to a 2008 Los Angeles Times investigation, less than 12 percent of money raised for HSUS by California telemarketers actually ends up in HSUS’s bank account. The rest is kept by professional fundraisers. And if you exclude two campaigns run for HSUS by the “Build-a-Bear Workshop” retail chain, which consisted of the sale of surplus stuffed animals (not really “fundraising”), HSUS’s yield number shrinks to just 3 percent. Sadly, this appears typical. In 2004, HSUS ran a telemarketing campaign in Connecticut with fundraisers who promised to return a minimum of zero percent of the proceeds. The campaign raised over $1.4 million. Not only did absolutely none of that money go to HSUS, but the group paid $175,000 for the telemarketing work.
5) Research shows that HSUS’s heavily promoted U.S. “boycott” of Canadian seafood—announced in 2005 as a protest against Canada’s annual seal hunt—is a phony exercise in media manipulation. A 2006 investigation found that 78 percent of the restaurants and seafood distributors described by HSUS as “boycotters” weren’t participating at all. Nearly two-thirds of them told surveyors they were completely unaware HSUS was using their names in connection with an international boycott campaign. Canada’s federal government is on record about this deception, saying: “Some animal rights groups have been misleading the public for years … it’s no surprise at all that the richest of them would mislead the public with a phony seafood boycott.”
6) HSUS raised a reported $34 million in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, supposedly to help reunite lost pets with their owners. But comparatively little of that money was spent for its intended purpose. Louisiana’s Attorney General shuttered his 18-month-long investigation into where most of these millions went, shortly after HSUS announced its plan to contribute $600,000 toward the construction of an animal shelter on the grounds of a state prison. Public disclosures of the disposition of the $34 million in Katrina-related donations add up to less than $7 million.
7) After gathering undercover video footage of improper animal handling at a Chino, CA slaughterhouse during November of 2007, HSUS sat on its video evidence for three months, even refusing to share it with the U.S. Department of Agriculture. HSUS’s Dr. Michael Greger testified before Congress that the San Bernardino County (CA) District Attorney’s office asked the group “to hold on to the information while they completed their investigation.” But the District Attorney’s office quickly denied that account, even declaring that HSUS refused to make its undercover spy available to investigators if the USDA were present at those meetings. Ultimately, HSUS chose to release its video footage at a more politically opportune time, as it prepared to launch a livestock-related ballot campaign in California. Meanwhile, meat from the slaughterhouse continued to flow into the U.S. food supply for months.


  1. It's too bad that more people are not aware of what the HSUS does NOT do. I, too, checked the list for my state, and found some of the contacts on the list are not even in my state. I am going to contact those on the list, and would urge others to do the same, instead of taking this information at face value.
    The gushing over what a valuable resource this list is was a little much. I'm waiting until we find out just how useful it turns out to be.

  2. I'm 67 and have been involved in horses since learning to walk. Slaughter just in my ho is the sanest responsible choice enviromentally as well as financially. I don't want a dead carcass decomposing into my water table or lay around and create any of the other myriad adverse health effects a decomposing carcass could cause. Here we have coy wolves, coyotes, bear, and cougar. A decomposing carcass is a gold plated invitation to them visiting our other healthy stock--for lunch. I wanted to ask if anyone else is noticing the increase in degree and frequency of the radical "greens" teaming up with the "animal rights radicals" to eradicate domestic animals and help the groups implement draconian controls over animal owners? Again, it's just my personal opinion but I view both those groups as terrorist groups because they meddle with our food availability. The greens want to steal our land so they can "conserve" it from our access or use while they want to relegate us to being the equivalent of -- caged. The animal radicals make no secret of the fact they are out to wipe out all domesticated animals ending animals in agricultural use.

  3. Anonymous-"I wanted to ask if anyone else is noticing the increase in degree and frequency of the radical "greens" teaming up with the "animal rights radicals" to eradicate domestic animals and help the groups implement draconian controls over animal owners?"
    It does seem that way doesn't it. I guess they see strength in numbers and more money to for lobbying.

  4. It's always scary when the extremists find each other....but find each other they do.