U.S. Congressman Refuses HSUS Award

Alaskan Congressman Don Young refused an award this evening from The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) and the Humane Society Legislative Fund that would have honored his work for animals in 2010.   While capitalizing on the good work of local humane societies that shelter, spay, and neuter animals, the HSUS does not own, operate, or directly control a single animal shelter in our country, despite a budget of well over $100 million.

“HSUS are hypocrites, plain and simple, and I will not join them by accepting this award,” said Rep. Young.  “Local animal shelters and humane societies do excellent work by caring for neglected and homeless animals, and through their spaying and neutering programs.  This organization, however, has absolutely nothing to do with animal welfare.  Instead they prey on the emotions of big-hearted Americans.  They flash images of abused animals on our television screens to raise money that will eventually go to pay their salaries and pensions, not to helping better the lives of these animals.  They run anti-hunting and anti-trapping campaigns and are of the same cloth as PETA and other extremist organizations.  I can only guess that I was to receive this award due to my support of the Wildlife Without Borders program, which develops wildlife management and conservation efforts to maintain global species diversity.  That program is true conservation; what this group wants is preservation. To accept this award would be supporting their manipulative ways and misguided agenda, and I want no part of that.”

The Congressman had given permission for anyone to forward and distribute this statement.

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5 Responses to U.S. Congressman Refuses HSUS Award

  1. Sharon says:

    About time someone in authority stood you to them and reveal the truth about their operation.

  2. Susan LeClair says:

    Wish more politicians were true in their characters and what they believe in.This is an example for others to follow I thank you, may you in all your works stand strong for what you believe in.Other elected officials take note be honest stand up for what you believe in, make a difference that’s why we elect you.The animals who can not speak for themselves thanks you:) :)Here is to you sir, God bless you and may God bless America!!!

  3. Renee Epling says:

    Thanks for standing up, and doing it loudly, Congressman Young.

  4. Michelle McGhee says:

    Wow. I am truly amazed at his honesty. I would gladly vote for him anyday.

  5. Jean says:

    Well good on you for standing up for those without voices

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