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Secret World
Inside the
Animal Rights
Agenda A two-part column
featured in Fair Chase,
the Official Publication
of the Boone and
Crockett Club

“Even if an
By Lowell E. Baier
President, 2008-2010

Boone and Crockett Club

resulted in al research
a cure for
we’d be ag IDS,
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People for th e
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USA Today

The Secret World Inside the Animal Rights Agenda — Part One
Queen, country and idea of a divine hierarchy based on the con- extension of “rights” principles by analogy
fox hunting are dear to cept of “dominion” from Genesis (1:20-28) to animals became an easy reach for activist
England’s landed has been interpreted for centuries to imply radicals both here and abroad when envi-
gentry, all part of the ownership, i.e., property rights over birds, wild ronmentalists began winning endangered
rarefied world of animals, livestock, and fish. species protection in the courts starting in
Lowell E. Baier inherited privilege and the 1970s.
PRESIDENT tradition. However, Animal Welfare morphs into Agitation for more advocacy following
Boone and Crockett Club when the British Labor Animal Rights World War II split the AHA, and in 1954
Party banned fox Since ancient times, animals have been The Humane Society of the United States
hunting in England in 2004, the victory protected from cruelty and animal welfare (HSUS) split off, and then in 1960 suffered
went not to the liberal politicians, but has been a consistent theme in animal its own split when The Society for Animal
rather to the secretive, clandestine, protection legislation. In England, this Protective Legislation (SAPL) was created,
Machiavellian worldwide animal rights became an important movement in the which has lobbied for every important mea-
and liberation movement begun in the early 19th century where it grew alongside sure on animal legislation since. SAPL is
early 1960s by a group of United the humanitarian current that advanced presently an arm of the Animal Welfare In-
Kingdom Oxford University academics human rights, including the anti-slavery stitute which was founded in 1951. These have
known as the “Oxford Group.” Animal and women’s suffrage movements. In 1824, included the Humane Slaughter Act (1958),
rightists and liberationists are of a very the Royal Society for the Prevention of the Laboratory Animal Welfare Act (1966),
different orientation than the anti- Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA) was estab- the Endangered Species Act (1969), the Horse
hunting movement, which is a minor lished in London, followed in 1866 by the Protection Act (1970), the Wild Horse and
component of their agenda. American Society for the Prevention of Burro Act (1971), the Marine Mammal Protec-
Rightists are a distilled, radical exten- Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA), and in 1875 tion Act (1972), and all extensions and
sion far beyond anti-hunters, driven by by the National Anti-Vivisection Society, amendments thereto.
intellectuals, academics and the scholastic opposed to animals being used in research, One of the more philosophical animal
legal community in a global political move- was founded. Two years later (1877), the rightists groups in California clearly defines
ment. Animal rights advocates seek to end American Humane Association (AHA) the animal rightists’ demarcation from the
the rigid moral and legal distinctions drawn was formed as an advocate for both child original animal welfare movement drawn by
between humans and animals, end the status protection and animal welfare/animal shel- them today:
of animals as property or prey, and end their ter programs. Following World War II, the The animal welfare movement begun
use in research, food, clothing, hunting and growth of affluent suburbia and the increase in the mid-19th century... was quite limited to
fishing, and the entertainment industries. of an elderly population living independent- improve the treatment of animals that were
Their aim is to remove an animal’s current ly combined to increase the need for pets being utilized by humans without changing the
status as “property,” and to recognize and and companion animals. Today 43 percent basic nature of the human-animal relationship.
grant animals “personhood”; that is, to award of households have pets in this country. That relationship was and still is largely based
them legal rights and standing on the same Humane groups flourished and prospered on ownership and exploitation.
terms humans enjoy fundamental rights to on this expanding base of pet owners, and Unlike the animal welfare movement,
protect their basic interests. The “bible” of with their growth came
the modern animal rights movement, Animal
Liberation, was authored in 1975 by Professor
conflicts amongst their
leaders over the extent HSUS is ruthless in
using the rhetoric
Peter Singer from Princeton University. to which principles of
The philosophical and moral founda- animal protectionism
tions for the animal rights position are that should be articulated and
animals have the ability to suffer and feel advocated. During this of its name and national image to
pain, and that capacity is the vital character- same period, societal pro- confuse and deceive the American
istic that gives every creature with a will to gressivism ushered in the
live the right to equal consideration which civil rights and women’s public to contribute to HSUS, not
must be recognized in any moral community liberation movements,
and philosophy of natural law. Contrarians disability, handicapped
realizing their money is not going
argue that animals lack rationality to distin- and elder rights, the to local animal shelters.
guish between right and wrong; they lack global human rights
language and are not able to enter into a social movement, the growth In 2008, HSUS made
contract, make moral choices, assume moral
obligations, nor have a moral identity; and
of environmentalism
and the recognition of
donations to pet shelter
hence, cannot be regarded as a possessor of endangered species, the organizations in only 15
rights. Only humans have duties, therefore
only humans have rights, and rights must be
right to life movement,
and most recently, gay
states—less than one-half of
accompanied by duties. Theologically the and lesbian rights. The one percent of its budget.
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Emotion seems to
always win over facts,
and once emotion is provoked,
the animal rights movement recognized that benevolent sentimentality
there is no way that humans can own and towards animals, and the financial contributions readily follow.
exploit animals without cruelty as the very acts words they used to express That’s why animal rightists use these words
of ownership and exploitation invariably lead their sentiments were “wel- interchangeably with numerous photos and
to horrific abuses and deny animals the natural fare,” “inhumane,” “cruel,”
videos of mistreated dogs, puppies, kittens,
lives that their species were intended to lead. and “protection.” These
Thus, the animal rights movement seeks noth- are the same words used by cows, horses, etc., to theoretically raise money
ing less than the complete transformation of the animal rightists inter- to protect animals from cruelty.
our relationship with other species from one changedly over the last 50
based on ownership and exploitation, to one years, but they deviously That’s the con, because the
based on a guardianship model in which all added the concept of money doesn’t make it to your
human relationships with animals must be “rights” into their rhetoric.
based on what is in the best interest of the ani- Subconsciously the public local animal welfare shelters. It
mals, not humans. The guardianship model
for animals is itself based on the guardianship
has now come to believe
that animals really do have
goes to support the hidden
model used for children and it recognized that rights because of our con- agenda of animal rightists
animals, like children, cannot protect them-
selves from many harms and need special
fusing parlance using
words with multiple mean-
protections. Thus, the animal rights movement ings that evoke emotional
seeks to create legal protections for animals, reaction. Emotion seems to always win over a self-addressed stamped business envelope
not as an end to themselves, which is the goal facts, and once emotion is provoked, financial to HSUS. This was clearly a colossal fund-
of animal welfare, but as stepping stones on contributions readily follow. That’s why raising freebie for HSUS. However, the real
the way to the total liberation of animals from animal rightists use these words interchange- gift—in addition to the cost-free mailing to
the ancient model based on ownership ably with numerous photos and videos of 125 million prospects courtesy of the U.S.
and exploitation. mistreated dogs, puppies, kittens, cows, Postal Service—was the huge credibility
Fortunately, the animal rights move- horses, etc., to theoretically raise money to boost, gained by the apparent alliance with
ment’s influence in the animal welfare protect animals from cruelty. That’s the con, a government-run agency. This tactic suc-
community seems to be growing every year with because the money doesn’t make it to your ceeded in further confusing the public:
more and more animal welfare organizations, local animal welfare shelters. It goes to sup- United States Postal Service teams up with
like HSUS, adopting animal liberation goals port the hidden agenda of animal rightists the United States Humane Society—it
including the most important to our transforma- groups, i.e., get animals to be recognized with wouldn’t be too much of a reach to think
tion to a more humane human species: “personhood,” and award them legal rights, HSUS wasn’t in some way government
vegetarianism. Thanks to animal rights groups and end their use in research, food, clothing, connected.”
like PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment hunting, entertainment, and as pets and A February 2010 national survey con-
of Animals), Farm Sanctuary and the League companion animals. ducted by Opinion Research Corporation in
for Earth and Animal Protection, we can look Princeton, New Jersey, determined that 71
forward to the day when the animal welfare HSUS Uncovered percent of Americans think HSUS is the
movement will be relegated to the dust bin of The two most recognizable animal rights national umbrella group representing thou-
history, where it belongs, to be replaced by true organizations are HSUS and PETA, sands of local humane societies all across
animal liberation (League for Earth and Animal both major multi-national conglomer- America, and 63 percent believed HSUS
Protection website, ate enterprises. HSUS’s name, Humane contributed most of its money to affiliated
Society of the United States, can easily local organizations that care for cats and
HSUS didn’t start out as an animal confuse contributors into thinking HSUS dogs. HSUS is ruthless in using the rhetoric
rightist organization in 1954, but by 1990, in is a sanctioned government organiza- of its name and national image to confuse
the view of one watch dog group, Center for tion or agency, which it is not, and that and deceive the American public to contrib-
Consumer Freedom (CCF), its focus changed its donations go to local animal shelters. ute to HSUS, not realizing their money is
from animal welfare to animal rights spurred Conveniently enough, HSUS is headquar- not going to local animal shelters. In 2008,
by the influence of the British Oxford Group’s tered in our Nation’s Capital; hence, it has HSUS made donations to pet shelter orga-
philosophical influence and militant competi- a Washington, D.C. address. To perpetuate nizations in only 15 states—less than one-half
tion to capture donations being attracted by the government connection myth, one of of one percent of its budget. Between 2006
PETA, which was started in 1980. the leading investigators and authorities and 2008, HSUS spent $277 million, yet only
Rhetoric and linguistics became the on animal rightist tactics reports that “… $6.9 million or 3 percent went to local animal
bridge the animal rights and liberation move- in the mid-1990s, HSUS partnered with shelters in 39 states. The rest, $270.1 million,
ment led by HSUS used to hook the emotions the U.S. Postal Service to send out 125 was spent on litigation, lobbying, legislation,
of the world’s public into believing animals million oversized postcards saying: ‘Don’t advertising, fundraising, direct mail, telemar-
had “rights.” The humane movement had let your dog bite the hand that serves you!’ keting, grant proposals, special events, public
been grounded primarily in sincere, Recipients were asked to send a donation in relations, and related programs and salaries

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for 555 employees with regional staffs operat-
ing in 33 states that service a reported
membership and constituent base of 11.5
million. HSUS’s 2009 annual report reveals
HSUS has net assets of $191.9 million, $27.2
million in cash alone. Total revenues and
contributions were $126.7 million. Expendi-
tures for fundraising were $30.9 million, with
an additional $5.6 million spent for fundrais-
ing support services. In 2009, 37 cents of
every dollar contributed to HSUS went back
out to raise more money. This led the Ameri-
can Institute of Philanthropy to grade HSUS
“C-minus” in 2009, and in 2010 Charity
Navigator downgraded HSUS’ rating from
four stars to three because of its fundraising.
Charity Navigator also downgraded HSUS’
global arm Humane Society International
from three stars to one, its lowest rating.
HSUS’ diverse programs have included
varying tactics to spread its message such as
the following:
■■ The passage of 121 pro-animal state laws,

26 successful ballot initiatives nationwide

such as a 2008 California ballot initiative
(Proposition 2) to create stringent regula-
tions for livestock farming, which included
making it illegal for farmers from any of
the 50 states selling eggs in California to
maintain hens in confined cages (they want
enlarged “enriched cages” comparable to a
free-range system);
■■ Lobbying for legislation prohibiting release-

bird shooting, dove hunting, bear baiting

and hound hunting;
■■ Prohibiting the expansion of hunting and

trapping on national wildlife refuges utiliz-

ing the National Environmental Policy Act
■■ Preventing a black bear hunting season in

New Jersey;
■■ Banning trapping in the state of Washing-

ton (Initiative 713);

■■ Banning pork producers in Arizona and

Florida from confining sows during preg-

nancy in gestation pens;
■■ Banning greyhound racing in
■■ Supporting a “humane farms” political

action committee and ballot group in Ari-

zona and Colorado;
■■ Eliminating the use of animals in biomedi-

cal or any research labs;

■■ Phasing out pet breeding, zoos, rodeos,

horse racing and circus animal acts;

■■ Promoting fur-free clothing, and ending

HSUS didn’t start out as an animal rightist organization in 1954, but by 1990,
fur sales at over 100 retailers including Saks
in the view of one watch dog group, Center for Consumer Freedom (CCF), its
Incorporated, Bloomingdale’s, Macy’s, J.C.
focus changed from animal welfare to animal rights spurred by the influence of
Penney Co., and Lord & Taylor;
■■ Demonizing hunters and trappers;
the British Oxford Group’s philosophical influence and militant competition to
■■ Disseminating literature and lesson plans
capture donations being attracted by PETA, which was started in 1980.
to grade schools with the message that
animals used in medical research is “bad”;
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■■ 35,000 classrooms (more than 868,000
children) in grades K-6 monthly receive
public’s mainstream inter-
est in animals; hence No one could have
KIND News promoting the consumption
of only cage-free eggs, and the message that
public association for poli-
ticians with HSUS appears conceived that animal
eating meat and drinking milk causes
animal cruelty, thus promoting a vegetarian
to be one of Pacelle’s high-
est priorities in Washington rights organizations
diet, and stories on how children must learn in maintaining and culti- could politically maneuver the British
to live peacefully with wildlife and not vating HSUS’s political
disturb or hunt animals; and agenda. Pacelle proudly Parliament into banning fox hunting, yet in
■■ Infiltrating unsuspecting youth groups such says, “We’ve turned senti- 2004 they did so, turning sentiment and
as the National 4-H Conference, the Youth ment into legislation and
Convention of the U.S. Equestrian Federa- law.” It is reported that emotion into public policy and legislation.
tion, etc. Pacelle, while working for HSUS President Pacelle speculated in 2004 that
the Fund for Animals (now hunting in America, like the use of wild animals
One of HSUS’ major programs was part of HSUS) proposed in in circus acts and biomedical research, will end.
enabled by the 1970 Horse Protection Act 1988 merging HSUS,
and 1971 Wild Horse and Burro Act. Political PETA, and the Fund for Pacelle stated, “If we could shut
agitation and litigation initiated by HSUS to
compel the Bureau of Land Management to
Animals, which would
have really increased their down all sport hunting in a
strictly interpret and implement the 1971 Act combined political muscle. moment, we would.…”
has now resulted in 37,000 feral horses and Moreover, HSUS engages
burros free-ranging in herds far larger than in campaign funding backing or opposing anti-meat activist hired by HSUS in 2005,
the carrying capacity of the land, degrading candidates based on their animal-related was acknowledged in 1999 as a financial
the landscapes by overgrazing and hard- voting history. HSUS even has its own ac- benefactor of No Compromise magazine, a
packing the soil and polluting the streams credited Humane Society University in publication that supports the ALF and pro-
across 45.96 million acres of public rangelands. Washington, D.C., offering bachelor’s degrees motes arson and other violent tactics. In an
Another 33,000 feral horses and burros are in Animal Study, Animal Policy and Advo- investigation leading to the 2005 animal-
in 35 government-maintained corrals and cacy and Humane Leadership. enterprise terrorism trial of six SHAC (Stop
pastures that cost the American taxpayer $40 According to the Center for Consumer Huntingdom Animal Cruelty) activists, Park
million annually. That’s 70,000 feral horses Freedom (CCF), one item you will not find was among those named in at least six federal
and burros the American taxpayer supports. on the HSUS website is its connection to wiretap warrants.
In FY 2007, the federal government’s budget people like John “J.P.” Goodwin, affiliated
to support this was $38.8 million. In the FY with listed FBI eco-terrorist organizations. Animals Rightists
2011 budget, that figure has risen to $75.7 Goodwin, a former Animal Liberation Front take on Hunting
million, and another $42.5 million from the (ALF) member with a lengthy criminal record No one could have conceived that animal
Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) and history of promoting arson to achieve rights organizations could politically ma-
to buy land for feral horse and burro preserves animal liberation, was hired by HSUS in 1997, neuver the British Parliament into banning
in the East and Midwest. according to the CCF. The HSUS sent him fox hunting, yet in 2004 they did so, turning
USDA-regulated commercial horse to China on an anti-fur junket in 2000, and sentiment and emotion into public policy
slaughter for human consumption in America a year later he was identified as a HSUS leg- and legislation. HSUS President Pacelle
was halted by congressional mandate, driven islative affairs staffer ( speculated in 2004 that hunting in America,
by HSUS, forcing horses to be commercially CCF continues reporting that “Goodwin like the use of wild animals in circus acts
slaughtered in Canada and Mexico by un- himself has been arrested and convicted for and biomedical research, will end. Pacelle
regulated, inhumane means. American horse being the ringleader of a gang that vandalized stated, “If we could shut down all sport
meat is considered a delicacy in many foreign fur retailers in multiple states during the hunting in a moment, we would. Just like
countries. HSUS is currently lobbying Con- 1990s.” The animal-rights newspaper Animal we would shut down all dog fighting, all
gress to prevent the export of horses from the People News profiled Goodwin in 2000, noting cock fighting or all bull fighting.” HSUS
United States for slaughter and human con- that he “gleefully announced a string of with a staff of 30 attorneys (and a network
sumption abroad, the consequences of which Animal Liberation Front mink releases and of over 1,000 pro-bono attorneys) operating
may force many owners to simply abandon arsons against furriers and fur farms” while a in its Animal Protection Litigation Section
their injured, sick and old horses to die if they “spokesman” for the underground terrorist has led much of the litigation utilizing the
can’t afford to euthanize and properly dispose group. Goodwin also fielded press inquiries Endangered Species Act (ESA) to force
of their carcasses. after a Petaluma, California, slaughterhouse continued protection of wolves and griz-
For more on HSUS’s activities, go to arson in February 1997, and shocked the zly bears from hunting, as was reported in
its website ( and click on the public with his comments on the March 1997 this column in the Spring 2010 issue of Fair
links to “Campaigns,” “Victories,” Legisla- arson at a farmer’s feed co-op in Utah. Refer- Chase. Moreover, they were a lead plaintiff
tion,” and “Legal Action.” The scope of its ring to a fire that caused almost $1 million in in the case that convinced Federal District
diverse activities is both amazing and disturb- damage and could easily have killed a family Court Judge Donald W. Molloy on August
ing. HSUS CEO Wayne Pacelle is well-versed sleeping on the premises, Goodwin told The 5, 2010, to re-list the gray wolf as an en-
in the importance of political access and Deseret News, “We’re ecstatic.” J.P. Goodwin dangered species in Montana, Idaho and
influencing policy decisions. Animal issues doesn’t represent HSUS’ only intersection Wyoming (even though biologically the
are a priority for politicians in maintaining with the animal rights movement’s violent wolves are recovered), perpetuating a case
their popularity and getting votes, given the underbelly. Miyun Park, a Washington, D.C., that has now been ongoing for years.
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HSUS Wildlife
Land Trust
Sanctuaries and
Partnerships in
North America

Since 1988, HSUS has been a plain- as a cause-related issue to solicit donations greater Yellowstone ecosystem that covers
tiff in 88 federal district court cases. In 2009 through massive, well-choreographed na- three states where the gray wolf was reintro-
alone, HSUS spent $26.3 million on advo- tional public relations and fundraising duced in 1995-96 as a “nonessential
cacy and public policy. However under the campaigns. The con is that these groups experimental population.” The official 1987
Equal Access to Justice Act (EAJA), enacted collect twice. For example, they pursue the Northern Rocky Mountain Wolf Recovery Plan
during the Carter Administration, and the wolf issue in court and cover first their litiga- provided that a sustainable population would
Judgment Fund (1956), HSUS and other tion costs under the EAJA and the Judgment be reached—and “recovery” assured—when
animal rightists and environmental activists Fund, gain huge publicity that supports and three states (Idaho, Montana, and Wyoming)
groups recover most of their litigation costs legitimizes their fundraising, and then had a combined total of 300 wolves compris-
and attorneys’ fees, so it’s cost effective and second, solicit money from unsuspecting ing 30 breeding pairs for three successive
beneficial for them to perpetuate litigation donors to “finance” the litigation already years. That objective was reached in 2002.
such as the wolf appeals. During the last paid for with taxpayer dollars per the EAJA Because of the prolonged litigation and in-
decade alone, $36 million has been paid out and the Judgment Fund. All the while, ap- ability of the three states to establish a
to just nine animal and environmental activ- peals in the wolf cases remain in play as they hunting season (except for 2009 in Idaho
ists groups alone under EAJA and the have for years, and the wolf remains a listed and Montana), today the wolf population is
Judgment Fund in more than 3,300 lawsuits. threatened and endangered species, their 1,660—more than 5.5 times the 1987 agreed-
In the Montana wolf case referenced above, populations continue to expand, and their upon limit of 300. Moreover, the animal
in 2008 alone, HSUS petitioned the court food source populations (deer and elk) con- rightist litigants are now saying in court that
for $388,370 in attorney’s fees, and were tinue to decline; hence, the animal rightists the 1987 limits of a sustainable population
awarded $263,099 by Judge Molloy. This win again in protecting and expanding the of 300 was biologically incorrect, and the
represents an hourly rate of $300 notwith- wolf populations. And, they cunningly win number should now be 3,000 wolves.
standing a federal statutory cap of $125 per again in their campaign to stop hunting Now translate this into the effect this
hour. HSUS received $280,000 in 2007 for because as the elk and deer populations expanded wolf population has had on just
a similar wolf case in the Great Lakes Region. dramatically decline, sportsmen have fewer one state, Idaho, which has the single-largest
This continued litigation is the vehicle and fewer animals to hunt. wolf population at 835. Idaho’s management
HSUS and other rightists groups have used Here are the statistics just for the unit No. 10 on the North Fork of the

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Clearwater, part of the famed Selway-Bitterroot
Wilderness, has been home to one of America’s
which issues its own
annual report (see wild- HSUS uncovered
classic elk herds. In January, 1989, the elk herd In The two most recognizable animal
totaled 11,507 animals, with 2,298 calves, 604 2009 alone, the WLT’s
yearling males and a cow-calf ratio of 100 to revenues totaled $7 mil- rights organizations are HSUS and
30. Twenty-one years later in February, 2010, lion, 17 percent of which PETA, both major multi-national
the elk population has declined to 1,473 animals was spent on fundraising.
(87 percent decline), 144 calves (94 percent The trust—which HSUS conglomerate enterprises.
decline), 14 yearling males (98 percent decline), calls its “global sanctuary HSUS’s name, Humane Society of the United
and a cow-calf ratio of 100 to 17 (43 percent system”—has, through States, can easily confuse contributors into
decline). Look at the effect this has had on outright purchase, gift,
hunters, with the 2010 hunting season starting bequest or conservation thinking HSUS is a sanctioned government
September 15, October 5 and 10, depending easements, created wild- organization or agency, which it is not, and that
on the management unit. As of August 20, life sanctuaries called its donations go to local animal shelters.
2010, out of a quota of 12,715 available elk tags “Shelters Without Walls,”
for Idaho residents, 7,421 remain unsold (58 throughout the world. Conveniently enough, HSUS is
percent). Available non-resident elk tags were
10,415, and 7,085 remain unsold (68 percent).
Since 1993 WLT has
directly established 101
headquartered in our Nation’s
The total non-resident whitetail deer tags avail- permanent wildlife sanc- Capital; hence, it has a
able are 13,515, and 12,292 remain unsold (91
percent). Total license revenues lost by the
tuaries in 37 states alone,
and countless more in
Washington, D.C. address.
Idaho Department of Fish and Game equal $10 12 foreign countries (see
million, which is 12.8 percent of the depart- map). “Collaborations,” as WLT calls its and tags quietly amongst its members. WLT’s
ment’s annual budget of $78 million. Not only partnering with like-minded humane groups sanctuaries are closed to hunting and fishing.
has the continued wolf litigation protected and and governments both in the United States Livestock grazing and selective sustainable
expanded the wolf population, it’s dramatically and across the world, have been used to lock logging are also prohibited. Preserving critical
taken down the elk and deer populations, re- up countless reserves and acres WLT doesn’t habitats to create buffer zones and sanctuaries
duced the incentive and number of sportsmen fully disclose other than a footnote reference to avoid land fragmentation, and establishing
that want to hunt, and financially crippled the to 1.8 million acres in its 2009 annual report. migration and habitat connectivity corridors
ability of the Idaho Department of Fish and In Australia alone as one example, 22,487 linking healthy animal populations to sustain
Game to effectively function, thus demoralizing acres are in 64 separate sanctuaries. biodiversity and ensure species survival, is the
their ability to manage their fish and game. HSUS/WLT export their sanctuaries’ premise HSUS uses to justify these sanctuaries.
Idaho outfitters are being put out of business, agenda through playing a synergistic and cata- However, many of the WLT sanctuaries are
and related support services in the rural com- lytic role in organizing local volunteer groups. small, and it is difficult to understand how
munities like motels, gas stations, grocery and Through this role HSUS/WLT supports a spe- parcels of two, three, or five acres in size can
sporting goods stores are all losing critical cific sanctuary project, lends fundraising and fulfill the migration and connectivity vision.
revenue. The objective of the animal rightist’s organizational know-how and expertise, serves Moreover, hunting, fishing, and trapping are
clandestine, hidden agenda over many decades as a fiscal agent during the organizational phase excluded, notwithstanding the fact that regu-
is now starkly revealed. HSUS’ Pacelle would of a project, providing seed money and matching lated harvests are recognized as a key scientific
say, “Mission accomplished...for now!” grants used for outright land purchase, conserva- management principle of sustainability and
The reach of HSUS is global, operating tion and migration easements. Funding is also biodiversity.
in foreign countries under a variety of subsidiary provided for biological assessments and outreach
and affiliated constituent names. The HSUS expertise, ecological and biodiversity surveys, Part Two of this column continues to ex-
infiltrates legitimate animal welfare organiza- field research and volunteer-driven assessments amine in-depth the deceit and hypocrisy of
tions here and abroad, and either take them to establish baseline metrics, interpretive cen- HSUS, PETA and other radical and mili-
over or gain enough influence operationally to ters, hatcheries, and building rescue and tant animal rights organizations, and their
change the group’s agenda to fit HSUS’ policies. rehabilitation centers. It doesn’t stop there. WLT attacks on hunting and fishing, zoos and
Fund for Animals, The Doris Day Animal purchases cattle- and sheep-grazing permits and circuses, factory farming, medical and bio-
League, Ark Trust, Cleveland Armory Black allotments to permanently close areas to do- logical research, dog breeders, corporate
Beauty Ranch, EarthVoice International, Earth- mestic livestock, campaigns to end trophy retailers and manufactures, and their in-
kind USA, Worldwide Network, Inc., Species hunting and promotes ecotourism as the alterna- sidious youth education programs
Survival Network, and The World Society for tive, and provides economic incentives to promoting veganism, animal rights, animal
the Protection of Animals are just a few classic ranchers and farmers to not kill wildlife or liberation, and a petless, meatless society.
examples of the organization’s worldwide foot- permit others to do so on their property. The frightening criminal underbelly of the
print, which CCF refers to as a true multinational Annually individuals have applied for animal rightists eco-terrorism and vegan-
corporation. highly-prized permits and tags in limited har- archism campaigns are moreover explored,
vest areas of North America for sheep, goats, as is the legal system’s involvement both in
“Global Sanctuary System” elk, moose, bear and other big game, and once the United States and abroad. The end
Another major vehicle HSUS has used to stop drawn, pay the requisite license and tag fees, game and utopian world of animal rightists
hunting, trapping and fishing is its Wildlife but never hunt. It would be a good guess orga- is a daunting and serious societal threat
Land Trust (WLT) established in 1993 as a nizations like HSUS, WLT, etc. promote this both to sportsmen and the very way we live
separate but affiliated 501(c)(3) organization, practice of impounding limited harvest permits and function.

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The Secret World Inside the Animal Rights Agenda — Part Two
Part I of this column examined the rights and other liberation movements. Fur” enlisted a broad spectrum of Hollywood
historical development of the legitimate, PETA’s unique niche, according to its Presi- entertainers, celebrities, and supermodels
benevolent, humanitarian animal dent, is being “complete press sluts,” endlessly posing nude, such as Patti Davis, Steve-O,
welfare movement beginning in ancient seeking media exposure using outrageous Pink, Pamela Anderson, Kim Basinger, Alec
times well into the last century, followed shock and awe stunts and advertisements as Baldwin, Stella McCartney, Eva Mendes,
by the establishment and growth of the part of the group’s strategic campaign to and Christy Turlington. Similarly, PETA
radical animal rights and liberation promote its total animal liberation message. will shamelessly exploit a celebrity’s human
movement, its philosophical and moral In PETA’s 2009 annual report, Newkirk suffering to further its agenda, as it did when
footings, and its utopian goal of legal proudly wrote, “We organized more than New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani announced
standing and “personhood” for all non- 1,037 colorful demonstrations in 2009 that he had prostate cancer, ending his campaign
human creatures rather than their garnered lots of attention from both the for the U.S. Senate. PETA put up billboards
current status as “property” of humans. public and the media.” Not to be outdone picturing Giuliani with a milk mustache
The development and activities of by her counterpart, Humane Society of the over the caption “Got Prostate Cancer.”
the Humane Society of the United States United States (HSUS) CEO Wayne Pacelle’s Not missing a PR opportunity to
(HSUS), the world’s largest animal political acumen, Newkirk opened a Wash- utilize global climate change as a hook to
rights organization, was examined in ington, D.C., office in 2009 to “ensure that promote its meatless vegan society message,
detail, including its use of litigation at animal rights issues are front and center in PETA even attributes the human diet as a
taxpayers’ expense to perpetrate the our nation’s capital and that animal rights contributor, quoting a University of Chicago
growth of feral horses, burros, and displays and events will be seen everywhere study: “changing from a meat-based diet to
wolves in the United States; the impact by Obama administration staffers and mem- a vegan diet saves the equivalent of 1.5 tons
the expanding wolf population is having bers of Congress.” of carbon dioxide emissions every year! If all
on hunters and Idaho’s Department of PETA has bought stock in restaurant Americans cut back on meat consumption
Fish and Game; HSUS’ insidious youth- and food companies that serve and sell meat, by just 20 percent, it would yield the same
education programs, its global and then introduced shareholder resolutions reduction in greenhouse gas emissions as if
multi-national corporate reach that at highly publicized annual meetings requir- everyone in the country switched from driv-
includes a “sanctuary system” comprised ing animal rights-oriented practices in the ing a Camry to driving a Prius! And
of at least 1.8 million acres in 37 states way animals are handled and slaughtered. vegetables cost a lot less than a new car.”
and 12 foreign countries, and its Campaigns have targeted McDonald’s, PETA has organized and financed
cunning fundraising operations. Burger King, Wendy’s, Pilgrim’s Pride, and major infiltrations to create videos, and/or
KFC, the latter having its retail locations copy or steal documents, to stir controversy
publicly protested over 12,000 times. Some regarding research testing laboratories that
of PETA’s current campaigns carry the fol- utilize animals, slaughter houses, factory
People for the Ethical Treatment of lowing labels: Kentucky Fried Cruelty; farms, and circuses. In 2007 alone, some 75
Animals, or PETA, which was formed in Bloody Burberry; PetSmart Cruelty; McCru- PETA infiltrations occurred. PETA’s associa-
1980, is the second-largest animal rights elty—I’m Hating It; Brookstone, A World tion and collaboration with the Earth
organization globally, and it focuses on the of Deprivation; and Ringling Bros. Beats Liberation Front (ELF) and Animal Libera-
following core issues: ending factory and fur Animals. The March of Dimes, the Pediatric tion Front (ALF), both FBI-listed
farming; research utilizing animals; animals AIDS Foundation and the American Cancer eco-terrorists, is a matter of record according
used in entertainment such as aquariums, Society have all been repeatedly attacked in to the watchdog group, Center for Consumer
circuses, zoos and rodeos; hunting, trapping, flamboyant ways to attract media attention Freedom (CCF). PETA’s own tax records
and fishing; human consumption of meat or for conducting animal testing to find cures confirm providing them funding and support,
dairy products, or the use of leather or fur for birth defects and life-threatening diseases. which PETA has publicly acknowledged ac-
in apparel; and confined backyard dogs, cock Polo, Ralph Lauren, J. Crew, JC Penney, cording to a CCF web site.
fighting, dog fighting, and bull fighting. Calvin Klein, Tommy Hilfiger, Zappos, Ann
PETA is even opposed to the use of seeing- Taylor, and Urban Outfitters all have agreed PETA Targets Children
eye dogs and police dogs. PETA President to stop selling fur products and Petco exotic One of PETA’s major targets has been influ-
and founder Ingrid Newkirk has described pets and large birds. Avon, Estee Lauder, encing and educating children through its
her group’s overall goal as “total animal Dow Chemical, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Benet- Youth Outreach Division and
liberation.” This means the complete aboli- ton, Gillette, Tonka Toy Company, and web site with some programs and material
tion of meat, milk, cheese, eggs, honey, zoos, others all stopped testing products on ani- designed for children beginning at age 3.
aquariums, circuses, wool, leather, fur, silk, mals after consumer boycotts were organized PETA’s 2009 annual review reports PETA2.
hunting, fishing, and pet ownership. by PETA. Hundreds of fashion shows in the com has “over 750,000 subscribers … and
PETA is the most successful militant, United States and Europe have been dis- receives more than 375,000 visits per
radical, animal rights organization in Amer- rupted by PETA members throwing red paint month … the largest youth membership of
ica, having introduced a new level of tactical on catwalks and models. any social-justice organization. Its efforts
and political sophistication to animal rights PETA’s provocative national ad cam- help ensure that tomorrow’s scientists, ex-
advocacy following examples set by the civil paign, “I’d Rather Go Naked Than Wear A ecutives, lawmakers, educators, and parents

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…while HSUS backs away
from PETA’s vulgar use of
will be on the animals’ side. … For 245 days
nudity, scare tactics and
in 2009, PETA staffed information booths
at 366 concerts, music festivals, and col-
outrageous media antics,
leges reaching more than 1.1 million young HSUS sits in the shadows in complete agreement with that
people with literature and videos.” Some
36,000 action packets in PETA’s McCruelty group’s goals and lets PETA be the mouthpiece.
campaign were sent to young people to HSUS lets PETA be the “bad cop” while HSUS assumes the role of
pressure McDonald’s to force animal wel- “good cop” in an effort to burnish its legitimacy. HSUS plays on its
fare improvements at its meat supplier’s
level, and as a result, PETA’s Youth Activist “humane” name to gain public support for the same radical issues,
Network grew to over 175,000 subscrib-
ers. One PETA Vice President told Fox
but clearly HSUS and PETA are NOT
News Channel that, “Our campaigns are animal welfare agencies…
always geared towards children, and they
always will be.” Its child-themed web site,, and children’s magazine
called, “GRRR!” recommended for ages
5-13, promote PETA’s animal liberation
agenda, eschews the use of any clothing
that includes animal products, promotes a
vegetarian diet, and discourages milk and
meat consumption because it causes acne,
obesity, heart disease, diabetes, cancer,
and strokes. This same web site tells kids
tropical rainforests are being destroyed to
create grazing land for cattle, and that 55
square feet of rainforest are cut down to
produce just one quarter-pound burger. The
Kids Guide to Helping Animals booklet was
created for kids ages 6-12 to further influ-
ence the minds of children with PETA’s
messages, as was its new program
and web site that provides
educators and librarians
free humane educational
material, lesson plans,
books, DVDs, classroom
posters, kids’ magazines, and
step-by-step instructions on
addressing animal rights
issues in schools, as well
as a guest speaker service. PETAKIDS.
com even instructs children on how to
organize an animal rights club and PETA
PETA has even created its own
PETA’s Vegan College Cookbook to promote
a vegetarian lifestyle, and in 2009 over
422,000 copies of its “Vegetarian Starter Kit”
were distributed. Many popular youth-culture One PETA Vice President told Fox News Channel that, “Our campaigns
celebrities were enlisted to carry PETA’s are always geared towards children, and they always will be.” Its child-
message to children including pop stars Justin themed web site,, and children’s magazine called, “GRRR!”
Bieber, reality TV star Steve-O, MTV host recommended for ages 5-13, promote PETA’s animal liberation agenda,
Layla Kayleigh, Miley Cyrus, and rock bands eschews the use of any clothing that includes animal products, promotes
Dillinger, Escape Plan, Rise Against, and a vegetarian diet, and discourages milk and meat consumption because it
Silverstein. PETA’s ad campaign “Your causes acne, obesity, heart disease, diabetes, cancer, and strokes.

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Mommy Kills Animals,” featuring the car- One commentator characterized research data collected by one of the leading
toon of a mother killing a rabbit with a knife PETA’s speciesism position—that all species authorities on global animal rightist
was highly criticized for its message aimed are equal—as follows: “animal trainers, hunt- activities.
at young people. PETA brags, however, that ers, fishermen, cattlemen, grocers, and indeed
this message reached over 1.2 million minor all non-vegetarians are the moral equivalent Veganarchism
children, including 30,000 kids between the of cannibals, slave-owners, and death-camp HSUS and PETA, while the most rec-
ages of 6 and 12, all contacted by email guards.” PETA President Ingrid Newkirk ognizable animal rightists groups, are
without parental supervision. insists that the world would be a better place shadowed by far more militant organiza-
without people: “Humans have grown like tions that emphasize animal liberation
Targeting Our a cancer. We’re the biggest blight on the face and tactically support what can be termed
Hunting Heritage of the earth.” “veganarchism.” These include the
Recreational hunting and fishing have long Animal Liberation Front (ALF) and Earth
been a target of PETA. In 1992, its members Empty Talk Liberation Front (ELF), both listed by the
boisterously picketed the annual meeting The biggest hypocrisy of PETA comes from FBI as eco-terrorists here and abroad, with
of the Boone and Crockett Club in Denver, its euthanasia program. During 2009, PETA 150 ongoing, open investigations. These
Colorado. Releases from the PETA media took in 2,366 dogs and cats for adoption, two groups are responsible for more than
center reveal a series of distorted messages and killed 2,301 of these. Only one out of 600 crimes since 1996, causing more than
they’ve disseminated on hunting: 300 animals found adoptive homes. Since $43 million in damages estimated by the
1998, PETA has killed 23,640 dogs and FBI. Their anarchism led to the Animal
To attract more hunters (and their cats—all a matter of public record, which Enterprise Terrorism Act being adopted
money), federal and state agencies PETA filed with the Virginia Department by Congress in 1992. ALF is active in 38
implement programs—often called of Agriculture and Consumer Services. At countries globally. These two groups along
“wildlife management” or PETA’s Norfolk, Virginia, headquarters, with the British-based anti-hunting guer-
“conservation” programs—that are there are no open adoption shelter hours. rilla group called the Band of Mercy are
designed to boost the numbers of There is, however, a large walk-in freezer known for attacking hunters’ vehicles by
“game” species. These programs help purchased in 2002 for $9,370, and a con- slashing tires, breaking windows, and ha-
to ensure that there are plenty of tract with a crematory service to empty rassing hunting parties by trailing them
animals for hunters to kill and, the freezer periodically of animal carcasses afield with noise makers and banging pots
consequently, plenty of revenue from according to the Center for Consumer and pans, and putting down false scent
the sale of hunting licenses. … In Freedom. In 2005, two PETA employees trails to distract hunting dogs.
Alaska, the Department of Fish and were charged with 31 felony counts of An incendiary firebomb at a Michi-
Game is trying to increase the animal cruelty each, after authorities found gan State University (MSU) animal research
number of moose for hunters by them dumping the dead bodies of 18 ani- testing lab was detonated, causing multimil-
“controlling” the wolf and bear mals they had just picked up from a North lion dollar damages in 1992 by ALF activist
populations. … Wolves have been Carolina animal shelter into a dumpster. Rod Coronado, who was convicted of arson
slaughtered in order to “let the According to the Associated Press, 13 and sent to jail. Documents removed from
moose population rebound and more dead animals were found in a van MSU and a videotape of the perpetrator
provide a higher harvest for local registered to PETA. disguised in a ski mask were sent by Coro-
hunters.” … in Canada, hunting has PETA’s 2009 annual report and fi- nado to a PETA employee. According to the
caused bighorn sheep’s horn size to nancial statement shows revenues totaling book Eco-Terrorism, PETA reportedly paid
fall by 25 percent in the last 40 years. $34.6 million, $5.1 million or 15 percent of $45,000 to Coronado for his legal expenses,
… [PETA] insists that non-hunters which was spent on fundraising. The 2009 and loaned his father another $25,000. Simi-
be equally represented on the staffs statement lists net assets of $17.7 million. Its larly, according to two reports, PETA
of wildlife agencies. 300 employees service a membership report- contributed $27,000 to the legal defense fund
edly in excess of 2 million members. PETA of Robert Troen for burglary and arson at
The web site de- is a major, multi-national business operation the University of Oregon in 1986. Three
signed for ages 5-13 sends this message about focused on its mission of total global animal years later in 1989, PETA informed its mem-
sport hunting to our kids, under the bold liberation with rights equal to humans, utiliz- bers of the payment. PETA’s 1988 IRS 990
headline “Leave Wildlife Alone.” ing outrageous radical tactics. In the opinion tax form disclosed that PETA contributed
of one of the leading investigators and au- $7,500 to the legal defense of Fran Stephanie
Chasing defenseless animals around thorities on animal rightists, while HSUS Trutt, prosecuted for the attempted murder
in the woods just so that you can backs away from PETA’s vulgar use of nudity, of the president of a medical laboratory and
shoot them and mount their heads scare tactics and outrageous media antics, convicted of possessing pipe bombs. Josh
on the wall is unbelievably cruel. … HSUS sits in the shadows in complete agree- Harper was convicted of attacking Native
Hunting, like factory farming, ment with that group’s goals and lets PETA Americans on a whale hunt using smoke
destroys [animal] families and causes be the mouthpiece. HSUS lets PETA be the bombs, flares, and chemical fire extinguish-
pain, trauma, and grief to both the “bad cop” while HSUS assumes the role of ers, received $5,000 from PETA. All of these
victims and the survivors. Why cause “good cop” in an effort to burnish its legiti- payments were made from PETA’s tax-exempt
any suffering when we can avoid it? macy. HSUS plays on its “humane” name funds. PETA’s President Newkirk is quoted
In this day and age, there is simply to gain public support for the same radical by the Center for Consumer Freedom as
no reason for anyone to hunt. issues, but clearly HSUS and PETA are NOT saying “I will be the last person to condemn
animal welfare agencies according to the ALF,” and in another interview she said “I

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find it small wonder that the laboratories
aren’t all burning to the ground. If I had Since 1998, PETA has killed
more guts, I’d light a match.”
While this column was being written, 23,640 dogs and cats
a radical animal rights terrorist entered the
lobby of the Discovery Channel headquarters —all a matter of public record, which PETA filed
in Silver Spring, Maryland, and took hos- with the Virginia Department of Agriculture and
tages before he was killed by police. He
presented the Discovery Channel a mani- Consumer Services.
festo of demands centering on stopping the At PETA’s Norfolk, Virginia, headquarters, there are no open
growth of the “filthy human population” at adoption shelter hours. There is, however, a large walk-in freezer
the expense of “wildlife and forest creatures,”
strangely echoing PETA’s President Newkirk’s purchased in 2002 for $9,370, and a contract with a
early remarks about population growth being crematory service to empty the freezer
“the biggest blight on the face of the earth.”
Animal rights militants and eco-ter- periodically of animal carcasses according
rorists operating under the name
Animal Libera-
to the Center for Consumer Freedom.
tion Brigade
targeted the
animal testing
laboratory Hun-
tington Life
Sciences and the
California Na-
tional Primate
Research Center
with firebombs
and pipe bombs.
Companies doing
business with
Huntington have
also been targeted
with bombings
and incendiary
devices, including
Shaklee, Inc.,
Chiron Corpora-
tion and several
UCLA animal re-
search scientists.
At sea, the Sea
Shepherd Conser-
vation Society
claims credit for the
sinking of 10 Ice-
landic whaling
ships, boarding
whaling vessels at
sea, ramming fish-
ing vessels, seizure
and destruction of
drift nets, disorient-
ing whalers with
laser devices, throw-
ing bottles of PETA focuses on several core issues that include ending the use of animals in
foul-smelling butyric acid onto the decks of entertainment such as aquariums, circuses, zoos and rodeos; hunting, trapping,
fishing vessels, and the interdiction of Cana- and fishing; human consumption of meat or dairy products; confined backyard
dian seal hunts. Greenpeace follows Sea dogs, cock fighting, dog fighting, and bull fighting; along with several other
Shepherd tactically to disrupt whaling and issues outlined in the article. PETA is even opposed to the use of seeing-eye
other fishing vessels, destroying drift nets, dogs and police dogs. However, the biggest hypocrisy of PETA comes from its
etc. very own euthanasia program.

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Targeting Lawyers and Doctors Harvard Law Professor, Laurence Tribe, who would be outlawed, but so would legitimate
The legal profession has of course taken Obama appointed Senior Counselor for purebred breeders because of deceptive
its place at the animal rights roundtable. Access to Justice in the Department of Jus- language slipped into anti-dog legislation
Harvard Law School began teaching an tice, all support granting animals the legal by animal rightists making it applicable to
animal rights course in 2000, the first of right to sue. As legal scholar Michael Socar- any kennels producing a defined but lim-
its kind in the nation, while the Harvard ras told the Association of American Medical ited number of puppies per year. Fur farms
Divinity School offered a course titled, Colleges: “There is a very important shift would be outlawed, as would factory farm-
“Religion and Animals.” Today 120 of under way in the manner in which many ing of cattle, pigs, chicken, and fish, and
the 196 American law schools and eight people in law schools and in the legal profes- any form of biomedical research, aerospace
Canadian law schools offer at least one sion think about animals. This shift has not or military exercises that utilize laboratory
animal rights course, and some an entire yet reached popular opinion. However, in animals for toxicity testing, basic or applied
concentration. Animal rights law com- [the U.S.], social change has and can occur research, teaching, education or training,
mittees now exist in the American Bar through the courts, which in many instances or exhibition. Zoos, circuses, aquariums
Association and many state bar asso- do not operate as a democratic institution. and, rodeos would also be eliminated. At
ciations. HSUS and its Humane Society Therefore, the evolution in elite legal opin- the extreme of this utopian world, your pet
University provides training seminars for ion is extremely significant…” would have the right to life, the protection
criminal prosecutors on investigating and Doctors reportedly have also taken a of its individual liberty, personal safety,
prosecuting animal cruelty cases, as does seat at the animal rights roundtable in the and the right to claim/own property, if
the National Association of Prosecuting form of Physician Committee for Responsible companion and service animals were even
Attorneys. HSUS also provides a full staff Medicine (PCRM, a PETA front group), but permitted.
of 30 well-trained attorneys in their Animal only 5 percent of its supposed membership Hunting, trapping, and fishing would
Protection Litigation Section to do legal are physicians. The mission of the organiza- be illegal within the animal rightists’ agenda.
research, writing and trial preparation, tion, formed in 1985, is to remove meat, milk, HSUS’ President Wayne Pacelle is on record
amicus assistance, expert witness advice eggs, and seafood from the American diet, with the Bozeman Daily Chronicle (Montana)
and testimony, species-specific veterinar- and eliminate the use of animals in scientific as saying, “Our goal is to get sport hunting
ians, animal scientists and behaviorists, research. The American Medical Associa- in the same category as cock fighting and
psychologists, and expert investigators. tion (AMA) censured them and called the dog fighting.” HSUS’ own web site in 2003
Internationally, Austria’s Supreme group “a fringe organization” that uses “un- stated, “Sport hunting—the killing of wild
Court has considered the rights of a 25-year- ethical tactics” and is “interested in animals as recreation—is fundamentally at
old chimpanzee to own property donated perverting medical science.” In responding odds with the values of a humane, just, and
to it by benefactors, and their decision to PCMA’s attempt to start a milk panic caring society.”
recognizing such rights is now on appeal to scare campaign, the AMA said, “The AMA
the European Court of Human Rights. The finds the recommendation of PCRM irre- The Sporting World’s
Spanish legislature, moreover, voted in 2008 sponsible and potentially dangerous to the Watch Dogs
to consider extending limited rights to non- health and welfare of Americans. [PCMA While most of the sporting world has been
human primates to be protected from use is] blatantly misleading Americans on a focused on the highly visible anti-hunting
in medical experimentation or circuses. The health matter and concealing its true pur- movement led by PETA and HSUS among
Spanish Parliament’s Environment Com- pose as an animal ‘rights’ organization.” others, one organization has identified the
mittee is weighing the proposal. Switzerland animal rightists and liberationists and the
recognized animals as “beings,” not “things,” The End Game hidden threat they pose to the hunting and
in 1992, and in 2002, the protection of As you might now appreciate, an animal’s fishing world, whose pushback and vigi-
animals was added to the German Constitu- right to “personhood” versus being owned lance has been phenomenal. That group
tion. The state of Israel has banned animal “property,” and the legal right and standing is the U.S. Sportsmen’s Alliance (USSA)
dissections in elementary and secondary to sue to protect their interests, is no longer in Columbus, Ohio, its U.S. Sportsmen’s
schools and performances by trained ani- a fringe issue in American society. It’s the Alliance Foundation, and its U.S.
mals in circuses. A host of animal defense end game of the animal rights movement. Sportsmen’s Legal Defense Fund. Begun
and litigation NGOs have been established, The brave new utopian world of the animal in 1977 as the Wildlife Legislative Fund
moreover placing additional support and rightists and liberationists is a pet less, of America, and joined by the Wildlife
ostensible legitimacy behind animal issues. meatless society, one of vegetarianism, Conservation Fund of America, USSA has
These include the Animal Law Coalition, a lifestyle, and veganism, which is a po- led the way in defeating ballot and other
International Society for Animal Rights, litical statement. High-end urban grocery anti-hunting initiatives in state after state,
Animal Legal Defense Fund, Defenders of stores already have dedicated vegan food Washington, D.C., and courtrooms across
Wildlife, Earth Justice Legal Defense Fund products, aisles or sections. Clothing and the country. U.S. Sportsmen’s Alliance
(formerly called Sierra Club Legal Defense accessories made of animal hides or prod- staff has connected the dots nationally and
Fund), Natural Resources Defense Council, ucts such as leather shoes, belts, handbags, globally by analyzing animal rightists’ tax
Animal Advocates, In Defense of Animals, coats, luggage, wool suits, silk scarves, ties, forms, who they hire, the worldwide or-
Societ y for Animal Protective and dresses, etc., would be eliminated, as ganizations that are affiliated, where they
Legislation, etc. some items already have been by major re- get their money and how they spend it, the
Recognized senior legal scholar Cass tailers, as would products known to contain legislation they support and the lawsuits
Sunstein, President Obama’s regulations czar, animal byproducts or goods containing in- they file, the information on their web
famed defense attorney Alan Dershowitz, gredients that have been tested on animals. sites, their pitch to be vegan, what they try
and the President’s confidant and former “Puppy mills” supplying dogs for pet stores to teach our children on their web sites,

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All of the animal rightists groups,
notwithstanding their separate
niches, work together openly and
covertly and play off each other’s
tactics and agendas.
etc. If you don’t do that analysis, you can’t This societal movement is no longer
know HSUS or PETA. That is why U.S. in the shadows.
Sportsmen’s Alliance has become one of
the sportsmen’s prime watchdogs on the HSUS and PETA are now 56 and 30 years old respectively, with
activities of HSUS and PETA. USSA’s web a combined membership and constituency of 13.5 million
site,, is a reliable
and highly informative source of informa-
people, total revenues in 2009 of $161.3 million, and net assets
tion on animal rightists’ activities; its news of $209.6 million.
archives provides a rich, historical year-
by-year chronology of USSA’s activities to
Central, however, to their individual agendas is
protect the sportsmen’s community of inter- the establishment of animal rights globally and
ests. U.S. Sportsmen’s Alliance President
Bud Pidgeon has said, “The HSUS is play- the creation of a vegan society, which is a
ing up a mainstream reputation in hopes of
becoming the primary mouthpiece for the
political initiative, with some far-left
animal rights movement.” extremists bent on eco-terrorism and a
Two other notable groups that pro-
vide valuable oversight and factual “veganarchism jihad.”
information on animal rightists are the
National Animal Interest Alliance (NAIA) the current state of the animal rights move- argue that cooperation with all allies, and the Center for ment as follows: issue by issue is the only path to
Consumer Freedom (CCF), www.consum- victories for animals. However NAIA is an affiliation of The animal rights movement is still impractical, utopian, or just plain
professionals who live and work with ani- in an early stage of development. wrongheaded many of their goals
mals, which include pet owners and clubs, Many of the groups begun since the may appear to the general public—
circus trainers, hunters, fisherman, wildlife 1950s are in their first generation of and to many participants in other
biologists, rescue groups, breeders, trainers, leadership and manifest “founder’s movements—animal rights advocates
veterinarians, research scientists, etc. NAIA’s syndrome” to one extent or another. have come a long way in the past
mission is to promote animal husbandry’s Competition is still heavy for decade, and are no longer out beyond
best practices and responsible breeding, available issue niches on animal the fringe.
strengthening the human-animal bond, and experimentation, farm animals,
protecting the rights of responsible animal hunting, zoos and circuses, fur, and All of the animal rightists groups,
owners. The latter group, CCF, is a contro- animal testing. Questions of “purity” notwithstanding their separate niches, work
versial industry-supported (restaurant and divide animal activists, particularly together openly and covertly and play off
food companies) research and lobby organiza- over whether animal welfare and each other’s tactics and agendas. Central,
tion providing reliable research data on animal rights are complementary or however, to their individual agendas is the
animal rightists. Several other web sites that contradictory. Must a true friend of establishment of animal rights globally and
really bring clarity to the hidden agenda animals be a vegetarian, or further, a the creation of a vegan society, which is a
cloaked in the clandestine, covert and murky vegan who eats no animal products? political initiative, with some far-left extrem-
worlds of HSUS, PETA, and their related Can animal rights groups make ists bent on eco-terrorism and a
groups are the following: www.humane- alliances with mainstream “veganarchism jihad.” This societal move-;; conservation organizations who ment is no longer in the shadows. HSUS; www.petakillsani- condone hunting (or at least do not and PETA are now 56 and 30 years old re-;; www.activistcash. officially oppose it)? Tom Regan [one spectively, with a combined membership and
com;; www.pajamasme- group’s philosophical and puritanical constituency of 13.5 million people, total, and high priests] upholds animal rights revenues in 2009 of $161.3 million, and net
fundamentalism, a program of assets of $209.6 million. This is big business.
Where Animals Rights nothing less than a complete The animal rights movement is now over 50
Stands Now abolition of all exploitation of years old, and its educational influences and
Professor David Walls at Sonoma State animals for human purposes. Others, indoctrination of children have gone on for
University in 2008 succinctly characterized including PETA’s Ingrid Newkirk, five decades. Generations have been subject

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“Even if animal research
resulted in a cure for AIDS,
we’d be against it.”
— Ingrid Newkirk, President
People for the Ethical Treatment of USA Today

Did You Know?
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campaign to boycott the March of Dim
the Pediatric AIDS Foundation, and the
Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Founda
(Race for the Cure).
Why? Because these charities may use animals
in their medical research.

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A growing number of animal-rights activists engage in direct

action. A few incidents have involved violence or the threat of
violence toward animal experimenters and researchers involved
with the use of animals. The map at left indicates PETAs of
“accomplishments” in 2009 according to their web site.

to this influence, and function in society. To quote PETA’s own

many children have web site: “Animal rights is not just a phi-
grown up to become losophy—it’s a social movement that
parents themselves with challenges society’s traditional view that all
an animal rights educa- nonhuman animals exist solely for human
tion and orientation, use.” Twenty years ago, HSUS CEO Wayne
and the referenced Pacelle said, “We are going to use the ballot
numbers reflect this. box and the democratic process to stop all
We sportsmen have hunting in the United States. We will take
witnessed the rhetoric and it species by species until all hunting is
tactics of anti-hunters, but the animal right- stopped in California. Then we will take it
ists bring a whole new threat not just to our state by state.” True to his word, Pacelle has
sport, but to the very way we live and done exactly this for the last 20 years.
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What Can We Do?
How does our sporting community address To disable the animal rightists
the daunting challenge the animal rights
movement poses when we recognize that and environmental activist’s
its two leading groups alone represent 13.5
million people, have combined annual rev- abusive litigation vehicles, sportsmen must
enues of $161.3 million, net assets of $209.6
million, and have been cunningly planning
follow their money trail, and cut it off!
and executing their global attack on society plaintiff in 88 federal district lawsuits since organizations that can afford to pay their
for over 50 years? The strongest weapons 1988, recovering at least $2.6 million own attorney fees and costs will be challeng-
sportsmen have to thwart animal rightists in attorneys’ fees and costs. ing, and the organized pushback as you might
are the facts and truth. And vigilance in Cutting off these litigation subsidies appreciate will be huge. It will require the
clearly communicating these is our first via amendments to the EAJA, the Judgment sporting community to organize a united
collective defense to stop the unsuspect- Fund and Section 11(g)(4) of the ESA, thus focus on this issue, and a major national
ing public’s flow of money into behemoth thwarting animal rightists’ and environmen- campaign to secure Congressional approval.
animal rights organizations. We must let the tal activists’ repeated litigation at taxpayers’ The campaign will take time, but sportsmen
politicians at the local and national level expense for their revolving, round-robin legal have got to start
know the truth on animal issues so they expenses must become the leading goal for laying the pipe and The inspiration this column
came from the brilliant re-
are not guilelessly misled. Moreover, the the sportsmen’s community. Rep. Cynthia building the founda- search and investigative
second strongest weapon sportsmen have is Lummis (R-Wyoming) introduced legislation tion to achieve work of retired Army Lt. Col.
diligently working together as a united force this past March (H.R. 4717), as did Senator Congressional ap- Dennis J. Foster, Executive
Director of the Master of the
and community, setting our individual ide- John Ensign (R-Nevada) (S.3122), with 36 proval and avoid a Foxhounds Association of
ological agendas aside that persistently get bipartisan members of Congress co-sponsor- White House veto. America. Col. Foster’s in-
vestigative skills have
in the way, stop fighting, competing, and ing the bills, to amend EAJA, for which we That national cam- connected the dots of the
criticizing each other, and support offensive sportsmen must rally to secure Congressional paign can be the threat of the global animal
rightists’ movement, and
groups like the U.S. Sportsmen’s Alliance enactment. However, both of these bills only very vehicle sports- exposed its players’ decep-
and educating the constituency of our na- require that the Department of Justice an- men can use to tive, stealthy and
tional sporting groups on the threat the nually report what litigation costs have been educate the taxpay- Machiavellian tactics. My
thanks to Col. Foster’s guid-
animal rightists’ agendas present. paid out under EAJA, which has become a ers of America on ance and counsel, and that
The American Wildlife Conservation big secret since the Paperwork Reduction the best-kept, dirty of Bud Pigeon, President of
the U.S. Sportsmen’s Alli-
Partners (AWCP) is now 11 years old and its Act of 1995. The pending legislation must little secret the ance, Rob Sexton, USSA
combined constituency is 7 million sports- be expanded to include two important rightists and enviros Director of Government
Affairs, and Counselor Wil-
men. We have a base to start with, and amendments 1) require disclosure of litiga- trade on to maintain liam P. Horn, Esq., of the law
AWCP, now a confederation of 47 national tion payments made under the Judgment their hidden, revolv- firm Birch, Horton, Bittner &
Cherot, for their review and
organizations, must exercise leadership. More- Fund and ESA, which has been a closely ing legal expense critique of this column’s
over, we must unite in this offense with our guarded secret; and 2) restrict payments to fund, and to peren- evolution, and their national
angler counterparts whose constituency is nonprofit litigants that can afford to pay nially generate leadership against the
threat presented to both
far greater than ours. We are both under their own attorneys’ fees and expenses like donations from the sportsmen and society by
attack by animal rightists. HSUS and PETA. unsuspecting, un- the animal rights agenda.
Hunters and anglers face attacks Litigation reimbursement expenses knowing public
based primarily on the Endangered Species were intended by Congress to afford equal supporting their litigation cause-based fun-
Act (ESA) and the Marine Mammal Protec- access to justice for indigents and nonprofit draising appeals.
tion Act (MMPA). The animal rightists use groups that couldn’t afford high-priced law- The reason this issue hasn’t seen day-
these federal statutes to abusively attack our yers and the burden of prolonged expensive light is because the massive reimbursements
sporting community. The key to a united litigation, not for organizations like HSUS for litigation costs have not been publicly
sportsmen’s approach is to design a plan to and PETA that have combined net assets of disclosed by the federal government, and
diffuse the animal rightist’s agenda that’s $209.6 million and cash balances in excess they are individually approved by the judges
been 50 years in its consolidation, and be as of $44.5 million. Contrary and outrageous in the federal district courts hearing the
insidious, calculating and stealthy as they’ve as it may seem, under EAJA, a “for profit” cases, hence spread across 50 states and buried
been. We’ve got to dilute their funding base company with a net worth over $7 million is in federal court records. Moreover, the three
of unsuspecting donors with facts and truth. ineligible to recover attorneys’ fees and costs, laws that authorize these reimbursements are
As discussed in Part 1 of this column, animal yet any “nonprofit” is eligible to recover legal very complex, somewhat arcane, and give
rightists and environmental activists rou- fees and costs regardless of its net worth. How the presiding federal judges virtually unlim-
tinely sue the federal government and recover blatant is that inequity! But it doesn’t stop ited discretion without any oversight in
their litigation costs and attorneys’ fees utiliz- there. Guess who President Obama appointed awarding reimbursement for attorneys’ fees
ing the Equal Access to Justice Act (EAJA, as his “Senior Counselor for Access to Justice and litigation costs. A national campaign to
1980), the Judgment Fund (1956), and Section at the Department of Justice? As referenced amend the law and end this abuse will show-
11(g)(4) of the Endangered Species Act earlier, one of his former Harvard law profes- case the secret weapon hidden by the rightists
(1973), all funded from the U.S. Treasury, sors and confidant, Laurence Tribe, a and enviros which they’ve run rampant with
i.e. by unsuspecting taxpayers. During the recognized animal rights advocate. for over four decades. To disable the animal
last decade alone, $36 million has been paid Changing the laws to cut off reim- rightists and environmental activist’s abusive
out to just nine activist groups in more than bursement of litigation costs to “nonprofit” litigation vehicles, sportsmen must follow
3,300 lawsuits. HSUS alone has been a animal rightists and environmental activist their money trail, and cut it off! n
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Reprinted with the permission of the
Boone and Crockett Club

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