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 (“For the birds:
Couple devote lives to nurturing avian exotics,” Oct. 10).

HSUS 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.