Animal Rights
vs Animal Welfare


Established in 1954, HSUS began as an animal welfare organization. Over the years HSUS assimilated leaders and ideas from the animal rights movement, moving closer to the complete animal rights ideology it maintains today. Through effective marketing and campaigns directed at the public's natural love of animals to solicit funds, HSUS has grown to be a household word and an industry giant worth over $200 million.

What drives this mammoth organization? Is it animal welfare goals of humane treatment and stewardship or animal rights philosophy which would eliminate from our lives the use of animals in any fashion? To understand the goals, you must examine the beliefs of the leaders, not the campaigns that claim to be for the protection of animals.

Wayne Pacelle. President, Humane Society of the United States; former Executive Dir. & National Dir., the Fund For Animals; former president, Animal Rights Alliance; former chairman, Animal Rights Network Inc.; former editor, The Animals Agenda magazine. Pacelle, a strict vegan who converted to the animal rights philosophy after reading Peter Singer's Animal Liberation, joined HSUS in 1994 after working at the anti-hunting group the Fund for Animals for six years. There he helped radical Paul Watson and his violent Sea Shepherd Conservation Society raise money for ships, and assisted Alex Pacheco and PETA as they ran an undercover investigation of a primate research lab.

Quoting Paul Shapiro, HSUS staffer, Compassion Over Killing co-founder, "nothing is more important than promoting veganism.", 2004 National Student Animal Rights Conference.

Quoting Michael Markarian. Executive VP Humane Society of the United States; Past President, Fund for Animals; Board member Institute for Animals and Society: "..your everyday meat-eaters and cosmetics users; they are not vivisectors, they are not slaughterhouse operators, and they have basic feelings of compassion. But they are accustomed to eating, wearing, and using animal products, and they need to be convinced to give them up. They can be won over - slowly but surely they are being won over ...."

Wayne Pacelle - the Interview by Erik Marcus, 1998

NCRAOA Editorial: HSUS & DDAL Merger

Animal People, Editorial Sept 2004. The Fund, HSUS, and merging packs.
HSUS until recently avoided becoming involved in hands-on care for animals, for reasons Amory himself articulated in early position statements: to focus on advocacy, to avoid any dilution of mission, and to escape philosophical compromises that might be driven by the need to raise money to feed and house animals.

The Humane Society of the United States and the Fund for Animals Join Forces in Historic Merger. Groups Combine to Form World's Largest Animal Protection Society, Launch New Campaigns and Political Arm

What Is The Humane Society of the United States?

The Humane Society of the US: Its not about animal shelters. Daniel Oliver

Washington Post. Vegan in the henhouse by Don Oldenburg

Satya. Looking at the Bigger Picture: Violence, Change, and Public Opinion By Wayne Pacelle and J.P. Goodwin

Wayne Pacelle's Coronation: A Change of Power & Focus at HSUS

DVM Magazine June 2006. Executive Board sinks HSUS joint venture

Is The Humane Society of the U.S. Again Scaring People Away From Good Diets? by Dennis Avery, senior fellow for Hudson Institute

Amendment is final straw for pig farmer. One of the two farmers affected by the pig-crate amendment has sold his sows for slaughter. St. Petersburg Times, published December 13, 2002

HSUS has an ambitious plan for a federal animal protection agency Sara Amundson, executive director, Humane Society Legislative Fund speaking at The Future of Animal Law Conference March 31, 2007

NY Times, Dec. 11, 2008. Consumer Freedom Ad: Why is the Humane Society of the United States Helping a Terrorist Group Raise Money?

PorkNetwork. Getting to know HSUS

HSUS TAFA Conference: Animal Activist Rallies Showcase Continued Pressure on Agriculture

Turning Dogs into Vegans: Proof that HSUS Follows the Animal Rights Religion


"The animal rights movement would allow people no more rights than rats or cockroaches. The real agenda of this movement is not to give rights to animals, but to take rights from people - to dictate our food, clothing, work, recreation, and whether we will discover new medicines or die. Animal rights pose an extraordinary threat to our health, freedom, and even our lives." AnimalScam by Kathleen Marquardt, Herbert M. Levine and Mark LaRochelle, pg. 6 (1993)

Humane Watch ... keeping a watchful eye on the Humane Society of the United States

TOP STORY ... WSB-TV (Atlanta) airs daring expose' of the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) Washington. Last night WSB-TV in Atlanta aired a groundbreaking expose' of the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), the U.S. animal rights industry's richest and most deceptive fundraiser.

Quotes from HSUS leaders and directors illustrate the beliefs and goals of this radical organization.

Welfare's Political Animal by Jennifer Fiala, DVM Newsmagazine. HSUS front man Wayne Pacelle says mainstream America is driving a new welfare agenda He's been called a wolf in sheep's clothing, a man with hidden agendas and the most influential player the animal-welfare arena has ever seen.

JAVMA June 2006. Louisiana attorney general launches HSUS investigation

ANIMAL HOUSE: Humane Society in the hot seat by Denise Flaim. Aug 2007

HSUS readies launch of new veterinary association It's called the Humane Society Veterinary Association (HSVA) and will serve as the newest arm of the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS). HSVA represents a merger with the Association of Veterinarians for Animal Rights (AVAR).

More HSUS Spin ... Interview with Wes Jamison, PhD
Is animal welfare the major concern of the American public HSUS would have you believe?

Animal agriculture faces challenges from activists. "The single greatest enemy we must defeat is the Humane Society of the United States. HSUS has a distinct advantage in the animal rights movement, explained Steve Kopperud, senior vice president of Policy Directions, because people think it's affiliated with local humane shelters, and it's not."

H$U$ Watch: Fund-raising on "factory farming", siphoning cash away from real animal issues

Brownfield Ag News ... Interview with Wes Jamison, PhD
Unifying animal agriculture.

Oklahoma Farm Report .. Interview with Wes Jamison, PhD
Jamison says that anti animal agriculture groups want to emphasize the human-animal bond and want consumers to be equating a dog or cat to a cow or pig.

Sportsmen's & Animal Owners Voting Alliance. timeline of HSUS programs and legislative efforts

Wayne Pacelle - In His Own Words.