Rick Berman just helped us raise an additional $1 million for The HSUS’s campaigns against factory farms, puppy mills, and seal killing.
Yes, the lobbyist and public relations operative who has specialized in taking money from animal-abuse industries and tried to smear The HSUS has done exactly the opposite of what his funders intended. They want to dry up our support – not swell it, but it’s not worked out according to their plans.
Last night, Berman ran a television advertisement about The HSUS on behalf of one of his phony front groups in a few markets for what likely cost tens of thousands of dollars, setting up a straw-man argument that The HSUS should be giving all of its money to animal shelters instead of spending it to help all animals.
Well, after hearing from quite a few supporters last night who donated as a result of the ad, this morning I took a call from one of our supporters who said she’s going to give us an additional $1 million to fight this guy and to put more resources into the domains of animal abuse where Berman draws his support.
Touché. And then some.
We’re going to get right to work and double down on several of our major campaigns against the confinement hog industry and against the puppy mill crowd – two areas where Berman devotes his time to trying to thwart our progress.
I reported last week that despite Berman’s decade-long campaign against The HSUS, we had an increase in revenues of $6 million from 2014 to 2015. Well, with this latest infusion of funds, we’re off to a good start in 2016.
The HSUS has always been about helping all animals – dogs, cats, horses, farm animals, chimpanzees, lions, seals, and every other kind of creature at risk of human exploitation. The HSUS and its affiliates are the number one provider of animal care among animal organizations (171,000 animals helped in 2015), but we are also the nation’s leading advocate for animals – fighting to prevent abuse by changing policies and finding solutions throughout the economy.
Thanks to the generosity and volunteerism of so many of our supporters and partners, we’ve amassed an incredible track record.
- We are ending the era of extreme confinement of laying hens, breeding sows, and veal calves on factory farms. We’ve passed ballot measures and bills around the nation and we’ve announced 100 major agreements with food retailers to change their procurement practices.
- We’ve made malicious animal cruelty a felony in every state. We’ve outlawed cockfighting in every state. And we’ve upgraded the federal law against animal fighting four times since 2002.
- We’ve nearly finished off Canada’s ghastly commercial seal hunt, dropping the kill numbers by 90 percent since we started our campaign a decade ago.
- We’ve ended the era of invasive experiments on chimpanzees. And we are on our way toward ending cosmetic testing on animals throughout the world.
To you and others who care about animals, each of those achievements is a triumph. To animal abusers, it’s a source of fear and frustration.
Whenever we take on enemy fire, we don’t run in the opposite direction. Instead, we run to the front lines.
That’s a message that our adversaries can take to the bank.