- The Washington Times - Tuesday, December 29, 2009


Writer Gene Mueller is wrong about the Humane Society of the United States, and he is wrong for taking aim at Rush Limbaugh for supporting our work against malicious forms of animal cruelty (“Sportsmen aim at Limbaugh,” Sports, Wednesday).

How could anyone quarrel with Mr. Limbaugh’s message that we should work with law enforcement to end the cruel and criminal dog-fighting rings that plague our communities and that we should show kindness and mercy to God’s creatures?

We are the nation’s largest animal-welfare organization, with more than 11 million supporters (one of every 28 Americans). We work to protect dogs and cats, but also farm animals and wildlife. We have campaigns to end dog-fighting, cock-fighting, factory farming, puppy mills and Canada’s notorious killing of baby seals.

When it comes to hunting issues, we work to curb the most inhumane abuses, and that’s what has led us most recently to campaign vigorously against canned hunting, Internet hunting and the use of steel-jawed leg-hold traps - practices that the HSUS and many rank-and-file hunters agree are abusive and unacceptable.

For more than half a century, the HSUS has stood as the nation’s most important advocate for local humane societies. The HSUS provides training programs, hosts the nation’s largest trade and educational show for shelter professionals, and provides national shelter standards. The HSUS also provides millions of dollars of support for spay and neuter programs, and launched a national advertising campaign to promote the adoption of shelter animals.

The HSUS is the leading disaster-response agency for animals and has given millions of dollars to rebuild animal shelters destroyed in natural disasters. Responding to floods, fires, hoarding cases, animal fighting and puppy mills, we helped rescue more than 10,000 animals this year. In addition, we provide no-cost veterinary care to dogs and cats in low-income communities around the world. In 2008, we provided more than 26,000 treatments valued at $1.2 million in free services.


President and chief executive officer

The Humane Society of the United States


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