I normally try to keep the site focused on the positive stories and not every raid that comes down the pike but this article keeps the highlight on the H$U$' shady practices. I like what I see so far on the below referenced site. I've started working on an article I am hoping to get put up within a few days. Stay tuned.
HSUS Dog-Fight Raid Numbers Don’t Add Up
The interstate dog-fighting raids this week were a huge story that received lots of media attention, and rightfully so. Training dogs to tear each other apart as a gambling sport is something that I find incomprehensible, especially in light of the so-called fighting breeds possessing such drive to please their owners.
The coordination and execution of the raid is such an admirable feat, it makes me wonder why HSUS CEO Wayne Pacelle feels it is necessary to inflate the numbers on raid? According to Wayne Pacelle’s blog, A Humane Nation, the raids seized at least 450 dogs and spanned 8 states. (Missouri, Mississippi, Nebraska, Illinois, Iowa, Texas, Oklahoma and Arkansas) However, according to the FBI/Department of Justice press release, approximately 350 dogs were siezed and the raids spanned 5 states. (Missouri, Texas, Illinois, Iowa, and Oklahoma) Where did the other 3 states and 100 dogs reported by the HSUS come from? The HSUS article and the FBI/DOJ press release were released on the same day, so it cannot be explained by subsequent changes in the case.
Sadly & predictably, Wayne Pacelle has already begun making pessimistic comments regarding the future of these seized dogs to the media. As quoted in St. Louis Today, ‘It’s just unclear what will happen,‘ said Wayne Pacelle, head of the Humane Society of the United States. ‘I think it’s pretty certain that a lot of those dogs will not pass a behavioral test‘ Yet, Wayne Pacelle has made such comments before.
In 2007, he made the following statements to the NY Times regarding Michael Vick’s dogs, ‘Officials from our organization have examined some of these dogs and, generally speaking, they are some of the most aggressively trained pit bullsin the country,‘ Wayne Pacelle, the president and chief executive of the Humane Society of the United States, said in a telephone interview Tuesday. ‘Hundreds of thousands of less-violent pit bulls, who are better candidates to be rehabilitated, are being put down. The fate of these dogs will be up to the government, but we have recommended to them, and believe, they will be eventually put down.‘ Pacelle said the Humane Society normally advocated that fighting dogs be put down shortly after being seized.‘ Yet the reality was that only 1of the Michael Vick dogs was euthanized due to aggressive temperament. (Ah yes, and HSUS was not the agency involved in the dogs assessments)
In 2008, Amanda Arrington HSUS North Carolina Lobbyist (sorry, State Director) and Chris Schindler HSUS Deputy Manager, Animal Fighting Law Enforcement (who isn’t a law enforcement officer) testified in courtto ensure the euthanizing of the Wildside Kennel pit bulls including 60 puppies, some only weeks old with statements like ‘You know, people speak about the Michael Vick dogs. Those dogs have not even been rehabilitated.‘ (Those would be the ‘most aggressively trained pit bulls in the country‘ where only 1 required euthanasia for aggressive temperament)
Now we have dogs that don’t exist, in states that weren’t raided, that Wayne Pacelle is hinting will/should be euthanized for behavioral issues? I am confused, very very confused.