Veterinarians “Get it” About HSUS
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from: Humane Watch Team
Veterinarians “Get it” About HSUS
Just as the Humane Society of the United States cloaks itself with cats and
dogs in fundraising material-even though only 1% of HSUS’s money goes to pet
shelters-we’ve seen the animal liberation group use veterinarians as cover
for its radical agenda. With that in mind, last weekend we attended the
American Veterinary Medical Association
<http://www.humanewatch.org/feed/www.avma.org> (AVMA) convention in Denver.
We’re glad to say that many vets are already in the know.
The response from veterinarians to our booth was generally very positive.
Vets whose work involves laboratory animals have long been targeted by
animal-rights radicals, so they didn’t need an introduction to HSUS. Same
with livestock vets. But many vets are younger, from urban or suburban
areas, and want to have a small-animal practice. They are prime pickings for
misinformation from HSUS.
And that’s exactly what HSUS had in mind. HSUS’s veterinary arm, the Humane
Society Veterinary Medical Association, had a booth to try to recruit
veterinary professional members. HSVMA is simply the new face of an
organization called Association of Veterinarians for Animals Rights (AVAR),
which merged with HSUS in 2008 to create HSVMA.
AVAR burned bridges in the veterinary community. The group teamed up with
PETA for a full-page ad in 2004 claiming that AVMA, an organization
representing thousands of veterinarians, had “betrayed” animals. A member of
HSVMA’s Leadership Council has reportedly compared slaughterhouses to Nazi
concentration camps at a recent animal rights conference and has written
that “Laboratory destruction and vandalism.is not terrorism.”
Right-tell that to someone who has had his car firebombed
<http://www.cnn.com/2009/US/04/22/animal.activists.ucla/> or endured
harassing phone calls
HSUS didn’t help itself with the veterinary community by pushing-and then
dropping-a planned ballot initiative in Colorado
this year that would have allowed individuals to bring legal action against
veterinarians. The idea, apparently, was to target livestock veterinarians
who use standard practices that HSUS doesn’t like. The initiative may make a
return in 2016 and would certainly be an extreme weapon for HSUS to use in
its broader war against agriculture (keep in mind that HSUS is against all
An important distinction for veterinarians to understand is that HSUS/HSVMA
is about animal rights and not animal welfare. Animal welfare is
science-based and involves treating animals humanely. Animal rights is about
stopping the human use of most animals-which, ironically, would reduce the
need for veterinarians and put many out of business.
HSUS was more cordial this year-in 2012, HSUS tried and failed to get us
thrown out of the convention. But HSUS surely didn’t like the fact that our
booth was right near theirs, something many attendees found amusing. Maybe
next year we’ll be neighbors.
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