USA Today Ad Slams HSUS for Supporting Michael Vick as America’s Newest Dog Owner 10/25/12
Center for Consumer Freedom Press Release
October 25, 2012
Washington, DC – A full-page ad from HumaneWatch.org, a project of the nonprofit Center for Consumer Freedom, appears in today’s USA Today, criticizing the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) President Wayne Pacelle for supporting convicted dogfighting felon Michael Vick’s ownership of a new dog.
Pacelle was quoted in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution claiming Vick “would do a good job as a pet owner.” The ad condemns HSUS for supporting the Philadelphia Eagles quarterback’s newfound dog ownership, and asks what is Pacelle thinking.
HumaneWatch.org points to the Eagles’ recent $50,000 donation to HSUS as one possible motivation for Pacelle’s indefensible suggestion that Vick should own another dog.
Despite the words “humane society” in its name, HSUS is not affiliated with local humane societies anywhere in America. It spends tens of millions every year supporting a staff of 700, dozens of lawyers, and a bloated executive pension plan. Yet during the past year, HSUS shared just 1 percent of its multi-million dollar budget with hands-on pet shelters.
Within 24 hours of Michael Vick’s arrest for running a Virginia dogfighting ring in 2007, HSUS began raising money online to “care for the dogs seized” at Vick’s home. Wayne Pacelle later admitted to The New York Times that HSUS was not caring for the dogs, and even recommended that officials “put down” (kill) the animals. Despite HSUS’s initial wishes, most of those dogs have since been successfully rehabilitated.