January 11, 2012
HSUS is a crucial part of fighting animal cruelty and abuse for ALL animals, not just shelter animals. While I agree that many people mistakenly believe HSUS runs their local shelter (they do not), or that local Humane Societies are "chapters" of the national organization (they are not), I STRONGLY disagree that the HSUS is either deceptive or unnecessary. HSUS' mission is to advocate against animal cruelty and abuse. They do not claim to run shelters. In fact, local Humane Societies (many of which were named after HSUS was formed) will tell donors on THEIR websites and in their marketing materials that they are not affiliated with the national organization. More to the point, HSUS is one of the few organizations large enough to fight animal abuse (such as puppy mills, animal experiments, factory farms, canned hunts, horse slaughter, and fur farming, to name a few) on a national level. Local organizations do not have the resources or the expertise to fight for all animals; they must usually focus their resources on just one or two. It is important to support local rescues and shelters. And it is also important to support HSUS. I have been a donor to HSUS for many years now, and I know EXACTLY where my money goes. My donation goes to help create a world where ALL animals can live a life free of cruelty and abuse. HSUS gives help and hope to ALL animals, and I hope you will give to HSUS. I know I will.
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