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A publication providing succinct biographical sketches of environmental scientists, economists, "experts," and activists released by The National Center for Public Policy Research.

Environmental Activists: Humane Society of the United States

Established in 1954, the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) at first glance appears to be a typical "animal welfare society," concerned primarily with ending cruel and inhumane treatment of animals. Closer examination of the group, however, reveals that it is a classic "animal rights" organization which seeks to endow animals with some of the same rights normally reserved for human beings. HSUS's 1980 convention, for example, called for "the clear articulation and establishment of the rights of all animals" and a senior HSUS official once said that "human being aren't superior" to animals, they're "just different." Naturally, the organization has come out against hunting, fishing and laboratory tests on animals. It's programs include: "Shame of Fur" campaign, which seeks to persuade consumers that wearing fur is cruel through demonstrations, radio commercials and other activities; "Beautiful Choice," which works to end animal testing for cosmetic and other personal care products; and "Breakfast of Cruelty," which seeks reform of the way chickens and hogs are raised. HSUS says that it launched its "Breakfast of Cruelty" because "behind virtually every slice of bacon and every innocuous looking egg lurks a long, hidden history of unbearable suffering." Despite its much-vaunted interest in animal welfare, the Humane Society of the United States maintains no animal shelters.

Selected Humane Society of the United States Quotes

"Human beings aren't superior, we're just different...We need to think not in terms of a hierarchy, but what I call a 'holoarchy,' a seamless web of life." - Dr. Michael W. Fox, HSUS Environmental Studies Director, quoted in Trashing the Economy by Ron Arnold and Alan Gottleib, 1993

"Our goal is to get sport hunting in the same category as cock fighting and dog fighting. Our opponents say that hunting is a tradition. We say traditions can change." - Wayne Pacelle, HSUS Vice President, quoted in Bozeman Daily Chronicle, October 8, 1991

"...In promoting the rights of animals, we are doing so in a world where animals do not have equal status; indeed can not and will not have equal status. The human species... will never concede equality to animals and will, I predict, resist with increasing vehemence all attempts to endow them with such." - John A. Hoyt, HSUS chief executive officer, quoted in Animal Scam by Kathleen Marquardt

"Only 7% of Americans are hunters. That means there are more of us than there are of them. It is simply a matter of democracy. The majority rules in a democracy. We are going to use the ballot box and the democratic process to stop all hunting in the United States... We will take it species by species until all hunting is stopped in California. Then we will take it state by state." - Wayne Pacelle, Full Cry, October 1990


Version Date: March 6, 1996





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