The Humane Society of the United States has just announced a $5,000 reward to anyone responsible for reporting a puppy mill which results in a successful raid and arrest of the operator. Sounds good, doesn’t it. The good old Humane Society of the US, ever vigilant, ever ready to leap into action to save the lives of animals. Yeah, right.
Apparently, the Humane Society of the United States feels a need to polish up their image a little, in view of the unpleasant and disturbing facts made public about them by the Humane Watch organization, including but not limited to the fact that they give less than one percent of all the donations they receive to animal shelters, although their slickly produced TV ads give viewers that impression. Oh, there is also that hedge fund of several million dollars they have sitting around and the huge salaries and pension plans their leadership receives. To divert some of this negative attention they have been receiving, they have launched a brave new effort to bring down puppy mills by offering these monetary rewards.
The problem with this is that one of the hidden goals of the Humane Society of the US is to eventually eliminate ALL kennels, regardless how well they might be run or how healthy and cared for the animals might be. They have made huge strides in this direction by pressuring pet stores not to sell puppies and making it difficult if not impossible to sell or buy a puppy online. Now, if you want to see the day when you cannot buy a purebred dog for love or money in this country, then go right ahead and support the HSUS. They will be extremely glad to take your money. If you want to see the day when there are no more zoos or aquariums to visit and no more circus animal acts, then keep those contributions rolling in. If you want to eventually be forbidden to eat meat, free range or otherwise, you know where to send those dollars! Additionally, if it is your desire to eliminate all no kill shelters and just send all homeless dogs and cats directly to the euthanasia dumpster, then get out those credit cards and checkbooks and keep those donations rolling in to the Humane Society of the US, and to PeTA and to the ASPCA who have similar goals in mind.
Offering a $5,000 reward is a great way to fire up the greed in folks who are looking for ways to line their pockets with little regard for the methods involved. Add to the mix those lost souls looking for ways to make themselves look like heroes at the expense of the innocent, and those who see imaginary evils where none exist and this will be a very productive effort for the Humane Society of the US. It will be like going to Salem, Massachusetts in the 1600’s and offering a monetary reward for turning in a witch. You’ll get the same kind of takers and the same sad results.
Puppy mills are a sad reality, but groups like the Humane Society of the US, PeTA and the ASPCA make little distinction between a genuine puppy mill and an honest, well run kennel. They are all fair game and if they set their sights on “getting” a kennel operator, they will find a way to do it, deserved or not.
If I become aware of a kennel where the cages seem to be too small, the animals do not look fed and healthy (and, this does NOT include a lack of professional grooming), then I will contact my local animal control officer and the office of the state shelter inspector and let them do the investigating. Perhaps the operators of the kennel can make changes and improvements necessary to save their operation and their animals. The last entity on the face of this earth I would ever contact for any purpose is the Humane Society of the US. It is never wise to have dealings with the devil.