Alaska Congressman Refuses Award from HSUS

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Alaska Rep. Donald Young, April 1

From Congressman Young's office:

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."

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M Pate    
Missouri  |  April, 17, 2011 at 09:23 PM

Thank You Congressman Young!

Pennsylvania  |  April, 18, 2011 at 07:51 AM

Thank You Congressman Young for standing up for what is right. This country is full of people who get rich on the sympathies of others... I am happy to know that some will stand up and say no thank you....

T. Crist    
Scott City, KS  |  April, 19, 2011 at 08:13 AM

GREAT! I forwarded to everyone on my email list

California  |  July, 04, 2011 at 10:35 AM

Thank you Congressman Young for having thew courage and wisdom to refuse an award from HSUS! HSUS doesn't support animal shelters or animals in need! Their goal is the same as PETA. To end all pet ownership and to end your right to eat meat! Please everyone do not send $$$ to HSUS! Donate to your local shelter where the money is needed, not HSUS who is trying to take your rights to own a pet and eat meat away! Stand up for animal welfare, not for animal rights!!