Pacelle: What kind of research?
Pacelle: Well yes we do but you have to remember that we work on all issues of kind of human animal relationships whether it’s companion animals or horses or animals used in laboratories or animals in agriculture or other settings. We’re not a research-oriented organization. That is not what we do. We don’t fund research. We don’t fund every local humane society.
Adams: Do you have plans for a ballot initiative in
Pacelle: We’re committed to stopping the intensive confinement of animals. Veal crates, gestation crates, battery cages. We’ll continue to work on that on all fronts.
Pacelle: We’re looking at various places.
Pacelle: I know a lot of folks in the agriculture community, the more large scale agriculture community that would love us not to look at slaughter and transport and production practices and put all of our money into animal shelters. The fact is there are 10 billion animals raised for food in this country and 7-8 million who go into shelters. We put a lot of energy on that. We are working aggressively to address that problem. We are rolling out a major national advertising campaign, the shelter pet project, in mid-July. We provide a lot of support to animal shelters. We actually run five animal care centers. We have an emergency services unit, we have a rural veterinary services unit. There is no organization in the nation that does more direct care services for animals than HSUS. None. Not one.
This notion that we don’t care for animals directly is completely false. But at the same time we don’t just address the symptoms of the problem. We look where there are large numbers of animals used in society and we focus on what we regard to be as the most abusive treatment of the animals. That leads us to these inhumane slaughter practices, confinement practices and the like. So that is why we focus on it. I know some of your listeners would love for us to give all of our money to shelters so they could have a free-running field to do whatever they want to animals in agriculture but we’re not going to