Congressman Rejects HSUS Award
Alaska Congressman Don Young refused to accept an award from HSUS (Humane Society of the United States) for introducing the Marine Mammal Rescue Assistance Amendments (H.R. 844) in the 111th Congress. In a rather blistering press release Representative Young calls HSUS "hypocrites" that are "capitalizing on the good work of local humane societies that shelter, spay, and neuter animals." His full press release is available here.
Local animal shelters and humane societies do excellent work by caring for neglected and homeless animals, and through their spaying and neutering programs. This organization, however, has absolutely nothing to do with animal welfare. Instead they prey on the emotions of big-hearted Americans. They flash images of abused animals on our television screens to raise money that will eventually go to pay their salaries and pensions, not to helping better the lives of these animals. They run anti-hunting and anti-trapping campaigns and are of the same cloth as PETA and other extremist organizations.