An Unlikely Ally? Getting To Know The Humane Society Of The United States

by | 06.24.2015 | 5:52pm

The announcement last month that the Jockey Club and Breeders' Cup would join forces with the Humane Society of the United States to back a federal anti-doping bill was a surprise to some in the Thoroughbred world. With the alphabet soup of animal rights and welfare organizations, it can be difficult to distinguish one group from another—a differentiation made more stark for racing fans by the fact that some of those organizations have publicly declared themselves anti-racing.

The Humane Society of the United States does not fall into that category, according to its president and CEO, Wayne Pacelle.

“We're not against racing,” said Pacelle. “We want it done well and humanely.”

Pacelle said HSUS does have a number of concerns about practices within the sport, and many of the items on his list have also been on the minds of internal racing reform advocates for years: breeding for soundness, overbreeding, raceday medication, masking and performance-enhancing drugs, aftercare, track surface safety, 2-year-old racing, and appropriate whip use.

“There are a number of concerns that are routine animal welfare issues that I think everyone should be concerned about, not just the Humane Society of the U.S., but every person within in the racing world should be concerned about those issues and striving to do better,” said Pacelle.

That's why it made sense to Pacelle to partner with the racing industry on reform legislation. For Jockey Club president and COO James Gagliano, the partnership was a mutually beneficial one.

“I was pleased to see that they had a deep understanding of the subject and had very practical solutions and suggestions,” said Gagliano, who began meeting with the group last year along with other industry representatives. “They have good footing politically. We thought that could be very valuable as we developed a coalition and put together political strategies toward that end.

“I think the matter of animal rights resonates more and more with the American public. They'll tell you that these issues are becoming much more mainstream.”

The partnership came about when Joe De Francis, the CEO of the Maryland Jockey Club from 1989 to 2007, reconnected with former colleague Rick Bernthal, who had become the chairman of the board for HSUS. The two collaborated on dog welfare legislation in Maryland, and it occurred to De Francis that HSUS could be a good ally for horse people, too.

“Unlike, for example, a group like PETA who I would describe as unrealistic extremists who essentially just want to abolish horse racing, the Humane Society is a very reasonable, very professional organization that has a long history of working with industry groups to affect realistic and meaningful reforms,” said De Francis.

An important terminology note about HSUS's platforms: HSUS advocates for animal welfare, not animal rights. Animal rights is a phrase to describe efforts to change animals' legal status, as demonstrated by the Nonhuman Rights Project, which successfully won a motion to have a chimpanzee recognized as a “legal person” with rights including freedom from confinement earlier this year.

“For me, the big linguistic issue is about rights versus responsibilities. At HSUS, we don't really talk so much about animal rights, but we talk about human responsibility,” said Pacelle. “That it's really up to us to handle our power over animals in an appropriate way; that it's precisely because we are different than other animals that we have a duty to be merciful and humane to them.”

Instead, HSUS works primarily as a lobbying group and has worked on legislative and awareness campaigns against horse slaughter, animal testing, cruelty in large-scale farming, puppy mills, dog-fighting, wildlife trafficking, and the hunting of wolves, sharks, and seals. It also opposes greyhound racing and has worked with Congress to end soring in the gaited horse community. HSUS reported over $186 million in donations and assets for last year and dedicated over $61 million to advocacy and another $35 million to cruelty prevention programs. The organization's annual report for 2014 credited it with 139 new state and local laws to help animals.

Pacelle admits that's a pretty full plate, and as a result, the group has had to pick and choose which equine welfare issues to tackle first. He is aware that after PETA's undercover investigation in 2014, horse racing insiders may be a little jumpy about partnering with a welfare group, even on reform legislation.

Wayne Pacelle, president/CEO of HSUS

Wayne Pacelle, president/CEO of HSUS

“I do think that there are folks who either don't want to reform, who will then characterize the proponents of reform as extreme or overreaching … and then there are others who maybe don't understand that animal welfare groups come with varying philosophies and that while PETA may be an anti-racing organization, HSUS isn't,” said Pacelle.

Another common misconception is that HSUS is the national regulatory body for local and regional animal shelters with “humane” in their names. In fact, HSUS's primary focus is lawmaking and public awareness, and it does not own or operate any animal shelters. According to its website, HSUS does provide information, training, and legislative resources to rescue groups around the country. Critics have noted that the organization's fundraising campaigns on TV have not hesitated to portray caged dogs and cats, which may contribute to the perception that the group oversees shelters.

HSUS is also not the group that creates or enforces guidelines for animals used in film or television—that's the American Humane Association.

Like many welfare organizations, HSUS has its fair share of critics. It has been the subject of negative reports from consumer watchdog groups CharityWatch and Charity Navigator. Charity Navigator issued a donor advisory based on concerns that the group used donated money to settle a lawsuit centering around its assertion that Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Circus abused its performing elephants. CharityWatch's rating was based primarily on financial metrics, comparing dollars spent on program costs versus fundraising efforts. Neither watchdog group deals with testing program effectiveness or analyzing policy. The Center for Consumer Freedom, a group often connected with pro-restaurant and agribusiness lobbying efforts, has chimed in to the list of critiques, questioning allocation of HSUS funds into offshore investment portfolios.

HSUS is accredited by the Better Business Bureau's Wise Giving Alliance, however, and retorts that the watchdog ratings are “single-minded” and “factually incorrect.”

When he presented testimony before a Congressional subcommittee hearing back in 2013, Pacelle noted that racing does not seem capable of moving itself forward without help from an outside group of some kind.

“This industry has had decades to clean up its act, but it hasn't done so,” he said in his testimony. “We are here today precisely because of the failure of self-regulation.”

Ultimately, Pacelle believes the tides are turning for the animal welfare movement—that the public is becoming increasingly aware of welfare issues and is more willing to spend time and money advocating for reform when it believes there are animals being mistreated. For a sport struggling to attract customers, that paradigm shift could prove a force for positive change and give the racing industry the opportunity to decide its own fate.

  • Ty

    Exactly correct: It’s not about animal rights, it’s about human responsibility.

  • Michael Castellano

    Many of the issues confronting racing can be found in other sports, drugs and drug abuse being the number one problem. But racing has many other problems too. They are well known to the racing establishments, who had been unwilling or unable to confront them. Public pressure and groups like HS may be critical to driving that change forward, and giving those inside the racing establishment who do want change the cover they need to surface and speak out.

    • Joan Drape

      Other sports,Michael, like football? baseball? tennis? or do you mean greyhound racing? Let us compare only the sports where the participants do NOT chose their drugs or even their participation.

      • Michael Castellano

        Sounds like you want to end racing? Then why not say it? Put your cards on the table.

        • Jan Dykema

          she must work for the HSUS

          • mba2003

            That’s the best you got?

          • CanAmFam

            Just FYI… Jan is a puppy miller who spends his days stalking HSUS articles online and spreading misinformation.

          • Jane

            So anyone who disagrees is one right?

  • Gotchagold

    I have a good friend who works for the HSUS. I can’t wait to talk with her about this. When we would get together we would avoid the subject of racing. Now that may change

  • Rachel

    The tide has already turned.
    In 1970 approximately 20 Million cats and dogs were euthanized each year…in 2015 that number will be less than 3 million…still staggering, but people are definitely more educated and responsible.
    That’s why racing better shape up…the vast majority of people don’t want to support an abusive, drug ridden sport with animals.

    • Danny Gonzalez

      where is your proof that the sport is drug ridden i think your being fed a bunch of nonesense and beleiving it racing need to be cleaned up by getting rid of regulators that have no backround in horse racing

  • Hamish

    HSUS and Mr. Pacelle supported the Pitts/Udall bill HR 2012 in the last Congress, so my guess is they still support these reformer legislators and the 2015 introduction of similar legislation, as well as having a look at whatever else comes down the road that aims to accomplish the same: no race day meds and independent regulation. So glad to hear HSUS supports eliminating race day meds, very reassuring.

  • Ben van den Brink

    There seems no other way, to put the welfare of the horse in front of any thing else.

    Maybe now the industry will get the message: racing and the free liberal medication rules are not gooiing hand in hand.

    • Cardaddy

      No other way?? Are you joking? The Joking Club joining forces with a sham of a “humane society” is not the only way. In fact it only proves what a joke the JC is!

      • Content Generating Machine.

        It’s a joke that racing won’t clean itself up. I love the sport, but I hate the drugs, the breakdowns, and what happens to the also rans.
        Do you really think racing will attract new people to the sport, which we desperately need, with these issues?
        It’s a human welfare issue too: jockeys getting maimed and killed when a horse breaks down.

        • CanAmFam

          Cardaddy is not in the racing industry, he/she is a paid shill from HumaneWatch, a front group paid millions to attack HSUS. So don’t expect a rationale argument. :)

          • Jane

            Anyone who disagrees is one right?

        • Danny Gonzalez

          then why does racing protect the killers and gets rid of the good trainers oh because they have a beef with them about getting there horse beat in a race Sorry HSUS has zero credibility with horse racing or any other animal policy

          • Content Generating Machine.

            I know what two trainers you are talking about and I agree.

  • Noval

    Horsemen, if you lay down with dogs, you will get up with fleas.

    HSUS is an animal rights lobby, closely aligned with PETA, whose staff (many of whom are also former PETA staffers) are committed to the elimination of horse racing (and any other animal-related activity, such as hunting). HSUS spends less than 4% of its budget on supporting animal shelters; most of it is taken up with lobbying and staff expenses.

    A useful website that critiques the HSUS and its agenda is Humane Watch.

    • RoadApple

      Actually, it is more like less than 2% of their annual budget goes to local shelters to help the sad little animals they show in their ads. Far more of the budget goes to advertising, their retirement fund, and offshore investment. I find it hard to believe in the sincerity of Mr. Pacelle when their actions are such.

      • Cardaddy

        Mr. Pacelle is sincere about how much $$ he makes, thats all.

      • Jane

        Nope is it less then 1%

        • Wrong. That’s a myth spread by front groups for animal abusers, like HumaneWatch. They reach that figure by selectively ignoring nearly everything the HSUS does to benefit shelters, like the Shelter Pet Project, the Pets for Life program, shelter advocacy, shelter audits, AnimalSheltering dot org, the Animal Care Expo, rural veterinary programs, Spay Day, and a host of other programs designed to aid shelters.

          HumaneWatch has to bend over backwards to promote their false 1% narrative, but as soon as you look at the real numbers — and not their “interpreted” numbers — their story falls apart.

          • Jane

            Oh so now your trying to get the gullible to believe your lies by using the
            phrase “Front groups of animal abusers” Getting desperate? Truth coming out and
            have to take a pat cut? Pot calling the kettle black as you cherry pick what
            “facts” you want to get the people to believe? Sorry your hands been caught in
            the cookie jar too many times on too many issues.

          • By the way, you seem to be under the mistaken impression that I work for HSUS. I do not. And unlike HumaneWatch, I deal in facts, not “interpretations,” mangled quotes, and outright lies.

          • Jane

            Oh like trying to give the illusion that H$U$ gives 80%-81% of it’s donations to helping animals? When one of your own stated that was for 2013, how about all of the other years?

      • CanAmFam

        Apparently you have been duped by misleading claims from HumaneWatch, a front group for animal abusers.

        HSUS has never, ever claimed in any way, that they are a shelter-funding entity. They fight to eradicate the ROOT causes of animal cruelty, with legislation, disaster response, dog fighting, large scale neglect, puppy mill busts, etc – work that is beyond the scope of local shelters.

        And a cool 80% of their funds go directly to helping animals. Their retirement allocations for employees are in line with other large non-profits, and the offshore investments straw man argument proves your ignorance about investing. People invest “offshore” to avoid taxes. HSUS is a non-profit and is tax-exempt, so they wouldn’t need to “invest offshore.” They do have international investments for their funds – again – like EVERY OTHER responsibly-managed non-profit. Try doing a modicum of research before repeating the misinformation of those who are paid to crusade against animal welfare.

        • Jane

          Oooh the new word phrase for the paid H$U$ contributors trying to do damage
          control “Front group for animal abuses” Explain please how a non profit is
          allowed to do SO much lobbing? And in NO WAY are any of these groups you defend
          “Animal Welfare”. Nice try but that ship has long sailed, the cat so to
          sdp[eak is out of the bag.

          • CanAmFam

            Sorry, not paid, just a stickler for the truth.

          • Jane

            Huh Huh by using the same catch phrases as all the other damage control contributors? Suddenly your all on board at once?

          • I could say the same for the horse sorers, puppy millers, and other HumaneWatch vermin that come crawling out of the woodwork. But you seem to be confusing “catch phrases” with facts. There’s only so many ways to phrase the truth.

            And for the love of God, it’s “YOU’RE.” As in: “You’re killing me with your horrible grammar. Please learn to use an apostrophe.”

  • Cardaddy

    HSUS is a deceptive organization, starting with their name and continuing with their practices. They are all about the $$. Charity Navigator is a factual place to find more about this puke. Of course Pacelle says they “incorrect”…what about those offshore investments

  • Joan Drape

    HSUA is a “charity” who has been downgraded to “Donor Advisory” from Charity Navigator. 85% of they fund raising propaganda features shelter pets, yet they give a whopping 1% of their budget to fund local shelters. They off-shore money to the Cayman Islands.
    This simply one fox inviting another fox into the hen house: corruption, meet corruption!

    • trooper seven

      Charity navigator is the resource I turn to when evaluating charities. If they have questions about HSUA, I will follow their guidance.

  • whirlaway

    I stopped donating hsus years ago, they spend more money sending free gifts I don’t need so they can ask for more $$$$$$$. I now donate
    to the animal society in my surrounding towns that I can go there see how they are run and maintained. Also hsus has done nothing about
    these insidious puppy mills on private properties with pathetic caged animals that the puppies end up in pet shops where foolish people that do not research
    end up with a new pet that can be ill with thousands in vet bills.i have
    Met many first hand. No more of my money to hsus.

    • Jan Dykema

      yes if you need a pair of cheap socks that will cost you 19 a month send $$ to the HSUS .. if you want to really help animals donate to your local shelter or local horse group

      • whirlaway

        Yes that is why I changed my donation. Also my local society has a
        Brick walkway and sitting area for a fee you may have an inscription on a brick that is permanent.
        For your pet and the cost is your donation. Creative and raises money.

  • Most major bills have some pretty unlikely folks joined up on one side or the other, so that aspect is nothing unusual. TJC and the Breeders’ Cup had best keep an eye on exactly what language goes into that bill, though.

  • Sandi Danner

    I have absolutely NO USE for the HSUS. After Eight Belles broke down and was euthanized, they crucified Larry Jones in the media and they were so wrong and never bothered to apologize. This will come back to bite horse racing.

  • Geri10718

    I hope it’s a huge wake-up call to trainers who have been ignoring the obvious trend of increased public interest in animal welfare. When a sport or civic or cultural group can’t control its most offending members, it can lose status or existence. This is not so unlike the situation of southern states that will have to be taking down their civil war flag soon. We’ve got to get a uniform firm control of harmful issues for racing to survive.

  • onlythebest

    Stay away from the HSUS!!! They have a long history of deception. Please google them and see just how corrupt they are. Facing charges as we speak. Why does this industry continue to shoot itself in the foot? Wayne Pacelle is really bad news. Check out how much is donated and how much actually goes to animal causes.

    • Deb Curtis Olivas

      I agree 100%.

  • Noelle

    The alphabet soup of horseracing stakeholders have been too stupid and/or greedy and/or short-sighted to accept the inevitability of drug-free horseracing. They should be clamoring for national standards that eliminate raceday drugs and stiffen penalties for violators to get ahead of the issue, instead of which they are effectively ceding some measure of control to the animal-rightsers.

    Not that I’m opposed to the idea of animal rights. I believe horses, like my dogs, are sentient beings and deserve special legal protection, including protection from their veterinarians.

  • PasoGal88

    Examine threir books. See how much they DO NOT send to help animals. Look at their expense then make your judgement if they are what they want the public to believe.

    • 81% of their donations go to help animals. See their Form 990 tax returns, Statement of Functional Expenses.

      • Jane

        Having clever accounts does not make it so. The catch here is what is a
        normal person’s idea of “helping animals” and what is their term?

    • CanAmFam

      Yes, please DO look at their books, and don’t rely on claims like the ones from HumaneWatch, a front group for animal abusers, who have apparently duped PasoGal88.

      The reason HSUS has a perfect rating from the BBB is because they meet all standards for fiscal accountability for a non-profit.

  • Marlaine Meeker

    What I believe the shame lies that the racing industry is aligning itself with Animal Humane groups when the industry should be cleaning up it’s own mess.Respect and reform should come from within and then maybe people would embrace racing more. But make no mistake the writing is on the wall! Cleanup your act before someone else does. You won’t like the results. How much more the public would respect an organization that acknowledges it has problems and then put real teeth in reform and is tougher on those that abuse the system than any animal right groups might dream of doing.Stop all the meaningless talk and start the walk.

  • Marlaine Meeker

    Thanks Ms. Voss and the Paulick Report for this well written article. I hope it opens up many eyes and ears where it is needed the most.

  • Shiloh

    The decision to partner with HSUS shows a startling lack of due diligence on the part of the Jockey Club. Congress is squeamish when arguments are framed as animal welfare issues. Last I looked Senate leader Mitch McConnell is still in office. Nothing will reach the Senate floor unless his constituents beg for this bill.

  • Horse Force

    PETA and HSUS are two most people I know do not support.

  • secondlife

    I don’t think it’s very humane to make the humans in horse racing work 7 days a week at the tracks with no day off all year. Racing will never be drug free because half the people on the backside are using drugs and alcohol themselves. I wonder when everyone will start caring as much about the people as they do the horses. Maybe if the humans were in better shape, the horses would get better care.

  • Swaps

    If the racing industry in the U.S. spent as much time working on animal and racing welfare as it does on criticizing HSUS and PETA, we wouldn’t be in the mess we are today. People don’t trust the industry, decry the horrendous slaughter, etc. I sat next to a woman who was at the Santa Anita Owners Symposium a few weeks ago and up until that day she was going to buy Thoroughbred race horses in a big way. One breakdown caused her to go into show horses, not that the show horse industry doesn’t have its own issues. Wake up, industry! You have got to make this sport more humane for everyone! It took one horse to get people excited about racing again, American Pharoah. One horse??? Didn’t used to take one horse. It was a league of horses. People don’t trust us anymore and we have to step up to the plate. Sending race horses to the slaughter house is a horrible blight on our industry. Medication irregularities are killing us. Are we a disappearing industry? We will be if we don’t take some humane and caring action.

    • Jan Dykema

      you will not find it is supporting a group that only wants you to fail and see your extinction

      • CanAmFam

        Says the puppy miller. Such a credible source!

        • Jane

          ROFLMAO Good try but the same claim you H$U$ damage controllers keep
          trying.

  • Buckpasser

    Horse racing must end the use of race day meds and provide aftercare for its equine athletes, but I’m not sure partnering with the Humane Society is the way to go. To me they are at best a lobbying organization with high staff and administrative expenses. I stopped giving money to them after attending a local meeting where the only thing they spoke about was their lobbying and how they needed more donations for more lobbying staff. Reading the criticisms about them on Charity Navigator only confirmed my opinion of them.

  • Greg J.

    Thank you Natalie, very well informed article. Just sad to see by reading some comments here that it is obvious these people didn’t read your article

    • AngelaFromAbilene

      “These people” know exactly what the H$U$ stands for: $$$$ from people who eat the dog crap they put on the table. If they gave a flying rat’s butt about animals, far more of their budget would go to actual animals and less towards “administrative expenses.”

    • CanAmFam

      Most of the comments here are from people not in any way involved in horses. I see renowned puppy millers and factory farmers commenting here, who spend their days seeking out articles on HSUS and attempt to misinform people about the facts.

      • Jane

        I see H$U$ damage control contributors trying out some new orders and
        tactics.

  • whirlaway

    I will look it up on the website. But in all honesty after writing to hsus
    to advise I contributed frequently but felt all the free incentives to try to encourage me to contribute again had to cost hsus something and I
    Wrote asking them to not send any more but put any cost towards helping animals. The free articles kept arriving and never a letter or response. I know in a large organization letters may be overlooked but
    I did write more than once. That is when I began contributing to my local humane shelters, that I can actually observe them and see their
    Volunteers, and programs. Thank you for your input and sharing information.

  • Buckpasser

    I read the website you quote and was interested to note that your Board of Directors has 27 members. Proctor and Gamble a Fortune 500 company has less than half the board members that you do. Also in speaking about farming, the Humane Society on this site makes it clear they wish to reduce meat consumption and push more plant based menus. Sound like PETA to me. Also the section on your investments seems to skirt the charge of investing in hedge funds with the statement of investments with “global reach”. That can encompass many types of investments. To me you are a lobbying firm with very high staff and administrative expenses.

    • Jane

      “you are a lobbying firm with very high staff and administrative expenses and that is where the majority of your donations go” Yet claim to be a non profit and is allowed to do all of this “Lobbying” WHY?????

      • 81% of funds go to help animals. As for the lobbying, you need to understand the strict legal definition of “lobbying”. It’s a much tighter definition than just talking with a legislator or reaching out to the public on a legislative issue.

        • Jane

          “HSUS is completely above the board and transparent in what they do”
          ROFLMAO

  • Greg J.

    Thank you Sarah.

  • isadream

    This is insane…what are you thinking Racing industry? I am done with horse racing if this does not change ASAP

  • TomKi

    The HSUS is extremely evil and belongs in a bad jail.

    • Content Generating Machine.

      Animal abuse and abusers are extremely evil and belong in jail.

    • CanAmFam

      Could you site actual, factual reasons for this? Or are you simply falling for the tripe of HumaneWatch, a front group for animal abusers?

      • Jane

        ” front group for animal abusers?” Here we go again the new line that
        these H$U$ damage control contributors must have been instructed to use. Gee
        did you not get together and at lease try not to use it all at once so it would
        not be soooo obvious????

        • CanAmFam

          Are you writing from your parent’s basement? Because anyone who spells HSUS with dollar signs can’t be more than 1o years old.

          • Jane

            Just printing the truth deary.

      • TomKi

        Humane Watch tells the truth.

  • Jan Dykema

    If as you say the HSUS is primal a lobbying organization why do they have as 501c3 status as a “charity “? Her’s a thought ask Mr Pacelle to join you at the next horse race.. invite him to your box to bet on a few races and then take him down to the barn ..so he can see the horse up close.. ask him if he would like to ride a horse.. any horse then send us s picture..

  • Jane

    When you talk about a “front group that has been exposed numerous time for underhanded tactics ” you do mean the H$U$ and it’s many other branches correct?

  • PeteN

    it was a long time ago but HSUS ‘partnering’ with long distance sled dog racing did not come out so well.

  • ESW

    Those of us in purebred dogs can assure horse aficionados–race, show or pleasure–that HSUS is not operating in your best interests. They are a sham front organization to collect monies to forward their vegan, pet-free way of life. No hunting, no fishing, no circuses, no sensible farming, no shows, no rodeos, no raising of purebred animals. In other words, this is part of the society that wishes to govern every aspect of your life. If you are stupid and fall for their schtick, the horse world will live to regret it. They always begin small and expand their demands to aim toward their ultimate goal of control. Other than their guilty verdict in a RICO suit, their euthanization of over 90% of the animals surrendered to them, their failure to donate more than 1% of their collected millions to help those they use to sucker the public for donations, their propensity for ensuring most of their monies goes to Pacelle and employees–what good are they doing? Nothing!

  • Gotchagold

    Listen, I believe this alliance could be beneficial. But I also feel there are people out there who know nothing about our sport and NOTHING will change their minds. I work with a animal rights person at work and when I told him about HUSU’s decision to work with racing in a positive manner, he was not impressed. Even when I told him about Mr. Pacelle’s ( who at one time he called a “great guy”) he frowned and promptly replied, “well there are now two things I don’t care for that he has done.” So let’s not worry so much about the hardcore anti racing folk out there and let’s work with the reasonable animal welfare people.

    • Jane

      H$U$ is 100% animal rights (liberation), there is nothing reasonable nor
      animal welfare about them. Except to let the gullible think they are for animal
      welfare and gives them money to make owning an animal too expensive and
      burdensome. These groups have absolutely no experience what so ever in animal
      training, husbandry or care, yet pass themselves off as the “Experts”.

  • norhymenoreason

    This is shocking. Is there any doubt now who is influencing the ‘policing’ of horse racing and their intent. Wayne Pacelle is a liar, simply put. He is not in any way associated with the interests of horse ownership, desiring instead to end all relationships with animals at all costs. Investigate, deeply. The man is nothing but deceptive about his true intent.

  • Denise Steffanus

    PETA-lite. How can one trust an organization that fundraises by misleading (and disgusting) TV ads?

    • CanAmFam

      Please describe an actual HSUS commercial and how it was misleading?

      Note: all of their ads feature footage from HSUS rescues and cruelty/neglect busts.

  • Danny Gonzalez

    Read what hsus did with the circus rackateering please these clowns need to go home

  • Content Generating Machine.

    You are against humane treatment of animals I take it? And what’s this real job in the real world nonsense?

    • Jane

      People are getting smart about these animal rights (liberation) groups,
      they have nothing to do with real “Animal abuse” and are absolutely NOT animal
      welfare. There idea of animal abuse is owning an animal.

      • Content Generating Machine.

        Animal rights isn’t the same as animal welfare groups. The Humane Society is not PETA. I don’t know why people get these two mixed up.

        • Jane

          BECAUSE they share the same mind set and have interchanged employees,
          backed each other up. They may claim to be separate, but in reality they are
          joined at the hips.

      • CanAmFam

        Thank you for confirming you’re a plant from industries that abuse animals. Doesn’t even sound like you’re a horseman, either.

        • Jane

          Sorry to burst your bubble but your wrong on both counts.

        • Danny Gonzalez

          sorry dude she isnt a plant truth is truth like when HSUS CEO admitted to taking the money and not helping the animals. We love horse racing and we love our horses we treat them better than we would treat people like you

          • Jane

            When I was in Kentucky I took tours of some of the stables, egad’s,
            those horses lived and ate better then I ever have my entire life. Having
            horses and many other species of animals all my life, plus rescuing for over 40
            years, I know a good well cared for animal. I also know that they don’t have
            to be spotlessly clean/groomed, nor have water/food in front of them 24/7/365,
            in many cases this will kill. I also know how an animal that is actually abused
            acts and behaves.

    • Danny Gonzalez

      Sorry you miss the point about what i say. The point is this organization who has already been found to be involved in raackateering has no busines even thinking they can come into racing . Or trying to tote the banner in racing, This move was done to try to increase political favor only it has noting to do with the real issues facing race horses

      Just to give you an idea there is no minimum standard for which a racehorses should be kept. While a large percentage of people who train horses Keep them to higher than normal standards There is a percentage that keep them in standard that wouldnt be fit for a dead body . Racing touts there need to be changed and impose rules regarding drugs but where is the standards for basic stall care of a horse there left up to individuals who has no idea of how a horse should be kept nor do they care about making sure the basics are in place

  • Sarah Barnett

    Danny, if you disagree with HSUS on positions that is your right of course. However we weren’t ever a party in the original case you are referring to. Regarding your allegations re: a witness, Tom Rider, who is now deceased, was a former Ringling Bros. employee who spoke out against the abuse of circus elephants. He had traveled around the country in a broken down VW van telling his story of what really happens to elephants behind the big top. The organizations paid some of his travel expenses to talk to the media, but did not pay him for his testimony. As for PETA, we’re not affiliated, and different organizations. If you have issues with them, I’d recommend contacting them directly. (Also, they weren’t involved in the Ringling case)

    • Danny Gonzalez

      Sorry to burst your bubble but HSUS was part of the case otherwise they would not have to settle the case. I suggest you get on the Pacer system and look up the facts in the case. If HSUS wasnt part of the case then why did they have to pay. 17 million along with the other parties the bulk being. Paying a witness to lie is a big deal its called raackaterring. Thats why they got stuck paying. The funny thing is the witness who said the circus was doing so much couldnt even pick out the elephant that was supposedly so abused . He got paid 125 k to lie so again he must have traveled alot
      The HSUS is only a propaganda machine that furthers lies. It in most cases has no factual information before it goes on one if its rants. Richard Dutrow was a clear example of them spreading more lies. They stated he was a DOPER when in fact Mr Dutrow never had a substance used on his horses that was not allowed by the rules of racing. Not to mention they clearly disregarded his breakdown record of more than 2000 starts without a FATAL breakdown. While there is other trainers that train in NY that are averaging 8 kills a year and injuring Exercise Riders and Jockeys. The HSUS has no business even getting involved in racing when they cant clean up there own house.
      The racing industry needs to follow good science and correct there mistakes not continue to Make themselves look worse. This partnership deal with the jockey club clearly shows why racing need better representation. We need to distance ourselves more from these organizations and stop supporting the stupidity that has led us in this direction.

      • TomKi

        Who would have thought that an HSUS official would put her name on an outright lie?

        • Danny Gonzalez

          They just arent smart enough to realize you cant buffalo everyone . I read that entire case as we were planning to sue them for defamation. But the client decided not to move forward with it. Hsus ceo even tried to lie to congress but they flushed him out. We dont need more crooks in racing we need some honest people who want to make changes and this shows more and more that the jockey club has lost complete focus on racing

    • Jane

      “we weren’t ever a party in the original case you are referring to”. Nor did you make it part of the take over that you will not be involved, or op-out once the take over was complete?

  • Racing needs to end as it cannot be done humanely. 1,000 horses vanned-off/euthanized in the US each year, and it’s estimated that about 70% of all racehorses ever born have been slaughtered. Only a panoply of drugs keeps most of them running at all.

  • Working *with* the HSUS instead of against it improves animal welfare, and helps to bring accountability and respectability to an industry that has been badly damaged by animal abusers.

    Unsurprisingly, those who profit from animal cruelty are against the idea. There has always been a clear, bright line between those who want to protect animals from cruelty, and those who want perpetuate it.

    You’ll see the latter wailing about the “evil” HSUS in the comments here, usually defending some abuse or abuser in the same breath. Their motives are transparent. If the industry genuinely cares about the welfare of animals, it needs to remove these bad actors and embrace true reform.

    • Jane

      Anyone who speaks up against you is claimed to be “those who profit from
      animal cruelty are against the idea” which is utter BS. This is the usual
      statement made when things are not going their way.

  • whirlaway

    Thank you for your response, I do notice that I get far less items now since I do not donate as frequently as the past. Maybe an option when a donation is sent to Hsus that will delete a person from receiving free gifts if they wish, it must be some type of expense that could go direct to your mission for animals.i will file your email Thank you again. Appreciate your help.

  • Jane

    Don’t forget Oklahoma’s investigation into this same H$U$ for deceptive
    fundraising. I also believe there are/where several lawsuits with these raids
    for not being truthful in the conditions/conduct.

    • Danny Gonzalez

      you mean where they collected 1.7 million for people i Oklahoma and donated only 150k back to the shelters LOL Another example of the stupidity by all that join this organization

      • Jane

        Did they not also pull this tactic in other disasters, raids and so called animal abuse “Bust”?

        • Danny Gonzalez

          um yes they did they got called out on it many times Sorry but HSUS has nothing to do with the humane treatment of animals there just in it for a buck and cause they couldnt get hired at mc donalds

          • Jane

            Yet another investigation into the H$U$ fundraising tactics 6/30/15:

            “Sen. Brent Steele and five other Republican lawmakers are asking Indiana’s
            attorney general to investigate an animal welfare group that has opposed several
            of Steele’s controversial agriculture bills.

            In a letter Tuesday, Steele and five of his fellow GOP senators asked
            Attorney General Greg Zoeller to open a consumer protection investigation of the
            Humane Society of the United States, a national animal advocacy organization
            based in Washington, D.C.

            The lawmakers accuse the group of deceptive fundraising practices, saying its
            advertisements mislead Hoosiers into believing that donations will benefit
            abandoned pets at local humane society shelters, which are not affiliated with
            the national group.

            “Hoosiers would be well-served to know that their donations may go to
            high-powered lobbying and public relations experts of a national organization
            that has attacked institutions, traditions and practices that are part of
            Indiana’s heritage, such as farming, ranching and hunting,” the letter
            says.”

  • Danny Gonzalez

    YOU cant stop the truth Sorry dont know who or what humane watch is dont care truth is truth go sell your snake oil somewhere else racing doesnt need the HSUS

  • Jane

    When you consider that owning, using, breeding, training and have in
    captivity animals as being abuse, then I guess those of that mind set would say
    that they are animal abusing industries. Does not make your opinions correct.
    But the real experts, Vets and scientific research shows that those extremist
    are in fact unknowledgeable, refuse to listen to the facts and lack knowledge
    about animal husbandry, training and care.

  • Jane

    You mean the front group for those wanting the extinction of all
    animal/human interactions. Yeah great place for finding what they want you to
    believe. Fact is all these Animal Rights (liberation) groups have been caught
    in too many untruths, deceptions, misinformation and have been shown to go as
    far as needed to make the ends justify the means. Nope not a plant, as JohnDopp pointed out I’m not smart enough.

  • savinghorses2

    This will revamp and Save the Horse Racing Industry. Too bad folks are caught up in liesm HSUS is going to turn racing back into a legitimate consumer draw that is safer for horses to be in. Reducing a few deaths and improving welfare will be the changes but more notable will public response.

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