This is “Understanding HSUS” (version 1.0), a free handout from HumaneWatch. It includes eight things everyone should know about the Humane Society of the United States and the animal rights movement in general.
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- The Humane Society of the United States is a “humane society” in name only.
- “Animal welfare” and “animal rights” are two very different ideas.
- The primary difference between PETA and HSUS is that PETA is honest about its beliefs.
- PETA is increasingly irrelevant; its main purpose is to make HSUS appear moderate by comparison.
- HSUS’s CEO is an outsider, not a stakeholder, in how farm animals are cared for.
- Many Americans are in an endless war with HSUS—even those who don’t want to be.
- Abraham Lincoln was right: “Public opinion is everything.”
- All conventional wisdom is flexible, but there is no such thing as a “public-opinion tooth fairy.”