The HSUS Strategy for Success
By Wayne Pacelle
When you are the largest and most accomplished organization in the animal protection movement, it’s logical that you’ll be feared by groups or corporations that stand in the way of progress. They typically don’t argue on the merits of the issues, but instead try to divert attention and reframe the debate. That’s the case with their rejoinders to The HSUS, which is the object of sustained attacks, caricatures, and mischaracterizations by people who inhabit the domains of cockfighting, puppy mills, horse slaughter, trophy hunting, trapping, fur fashion, animal agribusiness, commercial whaling, and other animal exploitation industries. Survey the leadership of any of these economic interests, ask them which group they fear most, and you’ll get these four letters: HSUS. If you doubt that, simply read their blogs or trade publications, and the conclusion is inescapable.
They’d ignore us if they thought we were naïve or silly. But the fact is, they fear us because we are effective, we drive public opinion, and we won’t accept their adherence to their present conduct or economic formulas. Read More
It’s interesting that Pacelle admits to everyone in his blog post that HSUS categorizes hunting, trapping, and animal agriculture as animal exploitation. Since the TV station in Atlanta ran a piece exposing HSUS for the animal rights lobbying group that they are, Pacelle has been on the defensive. It’s probably the first time we have seen this organization rocked back on their heels just a bit. You can also tell from the tone of Pacelle’s writings since then that they do not handle criticism well and will do anything to silence it. On Twitter, they have blocked anyone who questions them from following the group. They unleashed their attack dogs on the TV station that ran the anti-HSUS piece and got it pulled from the internet. Google even removed the cached version of it. At least Pacelle finally admits that HSUS is attacking family farmers that raise livestock.