It’s unfortunate that news media and policymakers continue to mistake the wealthy and radical Humane Society of the United States for a mainstream animal welfare group (“Hoarding of animals often sign of mental illness, experts say,” June 21).

The Humane Society of the U.S. is a “humane society” in name only, pursuing the same fringe goals as People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals. It’s also far richer, and maybe a little smarter.

Rather than causing spectacles with naked interns, HSUS uses its excessive funding (mostly from Americans who mistakenly believe they’re supporting local pet shelters) to drive a radical animal-rights agenda. It’s anti-meat, anti-hunting, and even anti-medical research. And it’s not affiliated with any pet shelters anywhere in the United States.

Sometimes a “humane society” isn’t really a “humane society.” And sometimes animal “welfare” advocates are really animal “rights” zealots in sheep’s clothing.

David Martosko
Washington, D.C.
Mr. Martosko is research director for the Center for Consumer Freedom.