If you’re a hunter, and you get any free items to display from the following organizations, it will behoove you to check the sources out first. Learn these names, and when you see them attached to a lawsuit, or behind advertising in your state for legislative action, be aware. Unless they’ve changed drastically in the past few minutes, their mission is to stop hunting.
1. The Humane Society of the United States, Headquarters: Washington, D.C.
Calling itself “the nation’s largest and most effective animal protection organization,” the HSUS describes its mission in regard to hunting as conducting campaigns to stop “inhumane and unsporting hunting practices such as ‘canned hunts’ of captive exotic animals.” We know, though, that the HSUS participates in raising money for a variety of anti-hunting and anti-trapping campaigns nationally. You might be surprised to learn that, according to Humane Watch, the HSUS gives less than 1% to local pet shelters.
2. People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), Headquarters: Norfolk, Va.
With its “I’d rather go naked than wear fur” and anti-flesh eating campaign, this anti-hunting organization of 12 million worldwide members believes we’ve evolved past the need to hunt. At its website, PETA proclaims,“Quick kills are rare, and many animals suffer prolonged, painful deaths when hunters severely injure but fail to kill them.” The organization prefers to leave nature alone and of course, nature will balance itself. What PETA does well is educate its members on how to combat hunting. In particular, PETA encourages its members to defy hunter harassment laws in this country.
3. Born Free USA, Headquarters: Washington, D.C.
Focusing on “animals used in entertainment, captive exotic animals, trapping and fur, and the international wildlife trade,” this group spun off the movie “Born Free,” in 1984, from founders Bill Travers and Virginia McKenna (who starred in the movie). The organization opened a headquarters in the U.S. in 2002, and prides itself on “compassionate conservation.”
The organization targets trapping, and encourages members to start anti-trapping campaigns, providing tools and resources at its website.