Thursday, May 21, 2009

More on the HSUS

You know, I wasn't going to re-post this when I first came across it, mostly because it didn't tell me anything I didn't already know and it features the blatantly self-promoting David Martosko, spokestoad for a barely-concealed front group of the agribiz, restaurant, alcohol, and tobacco industries - whom, although an occasionally useful tool, is still a tool.

When the HSUS started to go to such effort to stop the spread of the video - even getting it removed from the TV station's website (WSB-TV of Atlanta) - I started to take notice. What are they so afraid of? Although I find Mr. Martosko distasteful, I dislike censorship more. See and decide for yourself.

Update: The video's being chased off of servers all over the net, but you'll find it in .torrent form in perpetuity at The Pirate Bay. They don't do takedown notices.

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Blogger Pit Bull Lover said...

Did it ever occur to you that the station took it down themselves because the report was based on false information, and opened them up to a lawsuit?

Or are you just interested in bashing HSUS so you can get more donations for Best Friends?

Are you going to censore this comment?

11:32 AM  
Blogger Barb said...

I don't hear or see any "false information" in this report. Actually it is pretty conservative, and discusses issues that are well documented.

5:12 PM  
Blogger Cindy said...

@ pitbull lover
I am shocked that you would even believe a word coming out of the HSUS organization. Especially since they lied while soliciting donations to care for Vick's tragic dogs. They forgot to mention one small tiny fact ~ they never had any of his dogs. Because of that blatant lie HSUS was forced to take down that soliciation request on their web page. Then they had the nerve to turn around and demand that all of those poor dogs be killed.
I don't know Mr. Sibley but I feel very safe in saying with 1 billion % certainty that he is not soliciting donations for his employer but is in fact trying very hard to bring the Light of Truth to people such as yourself.
Like the old saying goes... you can lead a horse to water, you can't make it drink it. Such a shame that people refuse to lift their heads up from out of the sand.

5:31 PM  
Blogger -J. said...

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9:17 PM  

The station operates under First Amendment protection. I would love to know why they took this newscast down. All their other newscasts are still up. HSUS is a great threat to anyone who interacts with animals, their goal is an animal free America which means no animals anywhere for anyone.

7:55 AM  
Blogger Albert A Rasch said...

Hey Pitbull Lover,

First of all, I have nothing against the Animal Welfare movement. Got plenty against the Animal Rights Groups though. Be that as it may, I would propose that 120 million dollars would go a long way to helping animals throughout the United States.

Remember the HSUS managed to pay its president, Paul Irwin, $237,831 and its chief executive officer, John Hoyt, $209,051. Additionally the HSUS provided tens of thousands of dollars in bonuses to the pair. That's a lot of dog food, kennels, local jobs just from their salaries.

I would just as soon see John's organization get the money than see it squandered in salaries and misguided witch hunts.
The Rasch Outdoor Chronicles.
How to Support Animal Rights Groups. Not!

8:03 AM  
Blogger judy72649 said...

H$U$, PETA, THLN...They are all out for MONEY, PUBLICITY at ANY cost, and the demise of ALL pets! Anyone who donates to ANY of them is a fool!!

2:43 PM  
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9:52 PM  
Blogger Agatha said...

You are all missing the point. It's not the discussion of their deceptive fundraising or the Katrina cash - these are old issues. The HSUS gets attacked every day on all fronts and they rarely launch an all-out offensive to remove a video like this.

It's about taxes.

As a tax-exempt organization, the HSUS is prohibited from engaging in "substantial lobbying activities". Of course, they do a TON of lobbying. The woman near the end of this video is called their Georgia Director but she is said to do MOSTLY lobbying. Further, this "director" does not appear to have control of a budget or a staff - she has said in subsequent interviews that she takes her marching orders from the HSUS Washington office.

Why is this important?

On their tax forms the HSUS is required to disclose employees engaged in significant lobbying activities. They routinely report that they employ NO staff engaging in lobbying.

So it appears that they are concealing lobbyists by calling them state directors, the title being an effort to obfuscate what they actually do to the prying eyes of the IRS. That's tax fraud. Multiply that by 50 states and that's a LOT of tax fraud. And that would be just the beginning.

9:57 PM  
Blogger dogsmycopilot said...

It's true about the Katrina money, I was down here for that. I live in Jackson Ms and personally housed some dogs displaced from their homes. I know many of the rescue people around here. It is true, the money did not go to them. HSUS is not exactly lying, but they are very misleading and could use their considerable resources better. People, please donate directly to your local shelter. Take some dog toys and food up there and stay and walk a dog or two. And thank you to the blog owner here for fighting censorship.

7:04 PM  

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