from HumaneWatch~HSUS Was Sanctioned for RICO~Clinton and Sanders Support Fanatical Animal Rights Agenda
*Meanwhile, the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) is still influencing lawmakers, creating more bills against animal owners that do nothing to help a single animal. HSUS is dug in deep creating laws that are funneling down from the federal government to state laws counties and cities all over the United States-HSUS is affiliated with NUMEROUS other Fanatical Animal Rights TERRORIST organizations:
Feld Corporation (Ringling) won their suit against HSUS (Humane Society of the United States) and FFA (Fund for Animals) and was also sanctioned by the court.*
Update on the case from HumaneWatch:
Update-HSUS was on the Hook for Nearly $11 Million to Settle RICO Lawsuit
With news of Ringling Bros.’ circus elephant acts ending last week, we’ve been reminding the public of the Humane Society of the United States and its major legal blunder involving the circus. Feld Entertainment, which owns Ringling, sued HSUS and other animal rights groups, gaining through settlement $9.3 million from the ASPCA in 2012 and $15.75 million from HSUS and other groups in 2014.
In a nutshell, Feld sued HSUS et al. because it emerged in a separate lawsuit—one brought by animal rights activists against Feld alleging that the circus abused elephants—that groups including HSUS had covertly paid the key witness, who had lied under oath. The animal-rights lawsuit was heartily dismissed, and a law firm representing the activists was even sanctioned. Feld countersued HSUS, two in-house HSUS lawyers, the Fund for Animals (an HSUS affiliate), and others for bribery, fraud, racketeering and other torts under the Racketeer Influence and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) Act. The $25 million settlement covered these two cases.
Based on HSUS’s 2013 financial statement, we believed that HSUS/FFA’s share of the settlement was $5.675 million. But according to court filings, HSUS/FFA was actually on the hook for nearly double that: $10.675 million. The difference of $5 million is apparently due to HSUS/FFA having a separate liability insurance policy through Traveler’s.
No doubt, their rates have gone up in recent years.
The court filings come from litigation HSUS and the Fund for Animals are still pursuing against an insurance company, National Union Fire Insurance Co., for coverage of the other part of the RICO settlement. In FFA’s case, National Union won at trial, but a Maryland appeals court sent it back to the trial court in February. Who knows how long the latest courtroom saga will last. But one thing’s for sure: Along with the money HSUS and FFA already paid out for the racketeering settlement, they’ve got new legal bills for this current litigation. Donors who want their money to be used on pets and not lawyers should look elsewhere.
Court Decision Bullhooks HSUS Executive
Yesterday, a federal judge dismissed a lawsuit against the Ringling Bros. circus brought by a herd of animal activist groups, including the Fund for Animals (FFA), now a branch of the animal-rights “Humane Society” of the United States (HSUS). While the ruling was based on a legal technicality, the finer details indicate something sinister: a pay-to-play conspiracy involving HSUS executive Michael Markarian. Let’s take a look. [Click here for a copy of the ruling.]
The lawsuit was originally filed in 2000 and alleged wrongdoing by circus elephant trainers, in violation of the Endangered Species Act. It was based on information provided by a former Ringling elephant trainer named Tom Rider. After leaving his job in 2000, Rider was paid by animal rights groups to crisscross the country testifying about the supposedly “bad” treatment of circus elephants. One of those groups was the Fund for Animals, which Markarian took over in 2002.
The Fund for Animals merged with HSUS in 2005 and became the Humane Society Legislative Fund, which Markarian continued to lead; he also became HSUS’s Executive Vice President. (If you find this confusing, you’re not alone: The Court referred to Markarian’s changing group affiliations with the catch-all “FFA /HSUS”)
In his ruling, Judge Emmet Sullivan found that the Fund for Animals paid Tom Rider $4,400 through Meyer Glitzenstein & Crystal, the law firm litigating its case. The Fund also paid Rider $1,000 directly, and funneled an additional $11,500 to him through the “Wildlife Advocacy Project” (WAP), a nonprofit group founded by some of the law firm’s attorneys.
All told, the cabal of plaintiff animal rights groups paid Rider at least $190,000. And Judge Sullivan wrote that this was his “sole source of income” as the case made its way through the federal court system.
Markarian’s testimony tried to muddle the pay-for-play implications, but the Court found it dubious at best. In his ruling, Judge Sullivan writes:
Beginning in December 2001 and continuing until at least the beginning of 2008, the organizational plaintiffs made payments to WAP for the purpose of funding Mr. Rider. While FFA/HSUS (Mr. Markarian) testified that it was not certain whether WAP used its “donations” for other purposes as well, this testimony is undermined by the documents underlying FFA/HSUS’s “donations,” which indicate that the money was specifically for use in connection with this litigation. FFA/HSUS’s testimony also is questionable given that in 2003, plaintiffs’ counsel, Ms. Meyer, specifically sent an email to the representatives of the organizational plaintiffs, including Mr. Markarian, requesting funds to support Mr. Rider’s advocacy efforts regarding the elephants and the lawsuit, and expressly suggesting that the funds for Mr. Rider could be contributed to WAP so that they would be tax deductible.
HSUS also co-hosted a July 2005 fundraiser in California, along with the ASPCA and the Animal Welfare Institute (AWI), for the explicit purpose of raising money to “wage this battle on behalf of the elephants.” As Judge Sullivan notes, “proceeds from the fundraiser (more than $13,000.00) were provided by AWI to WAP, which in turn disbursed those funds to Mr. Rider.”
It appears that Michael Markarian and a stampede of other animal rights leaders engaged in a conspiracy to funnel money to a witness in federal court—including help from their lawyers, who used a tax-exempt charity as their favored “bag man.” But Judge Sullivan smelled the rat a mile away: “The Court finds that Mr. Rider is essentially a paid plaintiff and fact witness who is not credible, and therefore affords no weight to his testimony…. [T]he primary purpose [for the payments] is to keep Mr. Rider involved with the litigation…”
It remains to be seen whether the fallout from this stinging courtroom defeat will be significant. For starters, we’re recommending today that the IRS immediately suspend the Wildlife Advocacy Project’s tax-exempt status, and that HSUS suspend Markarian until it has made a full, public accounting of his use of funds from unsuspecting donors.
*We have two presidential candidates supporting and endorsed by HSUS-Clinton and Sanders…If you concerned about Animal Welfare then you can NOT be for either of these candidates that support a Fanatical Animal Rights Terrorist organization and their rhetoric. In short they are supporting ALL Fanatical Animal Rights Terrorists that have committed offenses of AETA and RICO…!!! What part of that don’t you understand even if you don’t care a bit about animals. AETA and RICO are felony offences.
Time that YOU take a serious look at this from a political stand point before you make the wrong decision as to who you will vote for. Clinton’s view on Animal Welfare looks like it came directly from HSUS and Sanders put his own twist on it but proud to have co-sponsored bills stemming from HSUS legislation.
If you love owning your companion animals, support farming, hunting and all forms of human relationships with animals then you can NOT support any Democrat candidate in any form of the government as the Democrat Party supports UN Agenda 21/2030 giving NON-government NFP organizations (Fanatical Animal Rights organizations) authority that they are NOT entitled to have.
I am particularly disgusted by both these candidates twist on concerns for animals to disguise their view is from the Fanatical Animal Rights Terrorist organization, HSUS.
Sanders at least is calling in what it is that he is supporting-Fanatical Animal Rights Agenda
Sen. Bernie Sanders was a co-sponsor of the following animal rights legislation during 2014:
- Big Cats and Public Safety Protection Act- Would prevent the breeding and possession of big cats (cougars, lions, leopards, jaguars, cheetahs and lion/tiger hybrids), while still permitting accredited zoos and wildlife sanctuaries to operate in the important conservation and welfare role that they currently play in the United States. Private citizens who currently own big cats will still be allowed to own them, but will be required to register their animals if this legislation is signed into law.
- Puppy Uniform Protection and Safety Act- Would ensure breeders and pet store owners provide dogs with living spaces that are clean, spacious, and are free of infestation by pests or vermin. The legislation would also require that the health of these dogs be monitored by a veterinarian and would ensure that the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service has adequate authority to close loopholes that allow domestic puppy mills to continue operating in the United States.
- Safeguard American Food Exports Act- Would permanently prohibit the slaughter of horses for human consumption in the United States, as well as the transportation of horses for slaughter overseas.
- Captive Primate Safety Act- Would make it unlawful for a person to import, export, transport, sell, receive, acquire, or purchase a live animal of any prohibited wildlife species in interstate or foreign commerce.
- Egg Products Inspection Act- Would phase out the use of battery cages for egg laying hens in favor of enriched housing that allows chickens room to move, and includes perches, nesting boxes, and places to scratch. It would prohibit forcing new laying cycles by withholding food or water and making sure the ammonia levels from manure are kept low.
- Animal Fighting Spectator Prohibition Act- Would amend the Animal Welfare Act to impose criminal penalties for deliberately attending or encouraging anyone less than 18 years of age to attend an animal fighting venture.
- Prevent All Soring Tactics (PAST) Act- Currently, under The Horse Protection Act, owners and caretakers who are found guilty of participating in soring may be disqualified from participating in any aspect of equestrian competitions for up to a year and can be fined up to $3,000. The PAST Act would ban the use of soring devices and strengthen penalties for violations of the Horse Protection Act.
Additionally, Sanders signed onto the Senate Horse Slaughter Defund letter that was sent to the Subcommittee on Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies during April of 2014. He also signed onto a letter to Director Collins about the Council of Councils Working Group on the Use of Chimpanzees in the NIH-Supported Research Report during this session of Congress.
from feel the Bern website: http://feelthebern.org/bernie-sanders-on-animal-welfare/
Bernie Sanders on Animal Welfare
Bernie Sanders is an advocate of animal welfare and ensuring animals’ humane treatment. He has co-sponsored several pieces of legislation to protect the interests of animals and has recently received a 100 percent rating from the Humane Society Legislative Fund (HSLF).