I have mixed feelings about seeing Humane Society of the United States President Wayne Pacelle weighing in against the use of animals in circuses (“Three-ring fracas/Denver’s Initiative 100 lifts canvas on animal suffering under Big Top,” July 10).

On one hand, the animal-rights movement has certainly gotten out of control when it dares tell the rest of us what we can eat, wear, or even enjoy with our children – especially when a “local” ballot initiative is being driven by mammoth out-of- state organizations like the society. But by openly engaging in this sort of activism, perhaps the society will give Americans an honest look at its real objectives.

What’s in a name? Plenty. Millions of Americans continue to donate to the society, believing that their money is headed to a local animal rescue operation. But despite the puppy-and-kitten focus of its fund-raising, this “Humane Society” has no relationship with any local animal shelters in the United States. The Humane Society of the United States’ opposition to circuses, meat, and dairy foods makes it every bit as radical as better-known animal rights groups.