In the final installment of our three-part interview with Wayne Pacelle, we quizzed the head of the Humane Society of the United States about two issues that infuriate many in the ag community:
- Those HSUS fundraising ads we see on TV—the ones that show the really sad-looking dogs and cats—give the impression that donations to HSUS are used to help those poor critters. But it is has been widely reported that very little of what HSUS actually collects actually helps animal shelters. We asked Pacelle if the people who send HSUS 50 or 100 bucks because of what they see in those ads realize that their dollars are actually being used to create tougher production standards for animal agriculture—and does he think they are okay with their donations being used in that way.
- HSUS’ perceived anti-meat agenda—in a previous interview with Brownfield, Pacelle vehemently denied that HSUS has an anti-meat or vegan agenda. He told us that HSUS is not against the consumption of meat and is not opposed to animal agriculture. But in a recent blog, Pacelle chastised the United Nations Conference for Sustainable Development for not including an anti-meat discussion on agenda. In that same blog, Pacelle stated, “If you’d like to help animals and the environment, it’s as easy as starting with your next meal.” Doesn’t that sound like an anti-meat message?