Pacelle, Vick, and the Quote of the Year

By now you will have all heard about Wayne Pacelle, CEO of HSUS, saying that convicted dog torturer Michel Vick “would do a good job as a pet owner.” HumaneWatch has followed the story and the fallout closely, first here and then here.The comment is preposterous of course and HumaneWatch wonders if Humane Wayne has gone completely crazy. There has been a lot of negative press for HSUS as a result and it is helping to raise awareness about just what the HSUS does with all their money.

The Daily Caller profiled the Pacelle/Vick comment in the larger context of exposing the lies HSUS shills on a daily basis. In a piece titled FoodPolitik: Farmers shouldn’t own animals, but Michael Vick can. Excuse me?, writer Rick Berman tells readers that the HSUS is NOT an umbrella organization for local pet shelters.

“We all want cats and dogs to find homes, and to not be abused. About 99.99 percent of us, for instance (HSUS’s president notwithstanding), understand that giving Michael Vick a pet will always be a risky proposition.

But it turns out that America doesn’t actually have a real “national” humane society. There simply is no big umbrella group that raises money for the pet shelter in your community. If you want to support your local humane society, you’re going to have to do it yourself.”

Also today, CFB Member Mark Hillman sat in as a guest host on 850 KOA’s Mike Rosen Show. His guest was David Martosko, the man behind Humane Watch. The pair discussed HSUS and their tricks extensively and callers responded well to the conversation. You can listen the the segment here, or click the play button below.

11 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Terry Ward on December 31, 2010 at 5:50 am

    Rick Berman? David Martosko?

    Former PR Poodles for Phillip Morris??

    Current PR Poodles for giant corporations?

    You pick these two D.C. snake oil peddlers to speak for you?

    What’s next..Jeff Dahmer, 4-H club leader?

    Does anyone else find this hilarious?

    Why do farmers & ranchers need DC snake-oil peddlers anyway ?

    Why not interact DIRECTLY with your consumers?

    Who wants to listen to some dude in a $3000 imported suit drivin’ a Bentley to his squash club?

    YOU DO!


  2. The true irony here is that David Martosko was arrested just a few months ago for yet another alcohol-related incident. He was taken into custody and charged with Class 3 and Class 4 Misdemeanor offenses: trespassing on school/church grounds at night, public swearing, and intoxication. This is Martosko’s 18th run-in with the law that we are aware of.

    And farmers are using this guy to polish up their image? What a joke!


    • Posted by Shawn Martini on January 3, 2011 at 1:39 pm

      Not quite sure how this is irony. How exactly does this make Martosko wrong on the issues?


    • This is flat out untrue. You are counting traffic tickets he allegedly received over a period of 10 years as “run ins with the law”. In fact, your little fact-free website, listed some of the tickets multiple times to pad the number.

      Seriously, you guys at HSUS will stoop to anything.


  3. Posted by Linda on December 31, 2010 at 9:09 am

    Thanks to the Farm Bureau, and Mark Hillman for doing such a great job on Mike Rosen’s show! Good interview and great information.


  4. Posted by Terry Ward on January 3, 2011 at 1:45 pm

    ESPECIALLY drunks who drink and drive.

    Aren’t you lucky you never had any experience with them…
    Or maybe it’s okay by you.


    • Posted by Shawn Martini on January 3, 2011 at 1:55 pm

      I still fail to see how this makes it ok for HSUS to continue its misleading fundraising techniques and its support for Michael Vick to again own a dog.

      In the end HumaneWatch provides Americans with a much needed resource that uncovers the consistently deceptive and questionable practices used by HSUS. And they do it by using demonstrable facts.

      You can certainly choose to disagree with the facts and dislike the people who state them, but that does not meat they aren’t facts.


  5. Posted by Terry Ward on January 3, 2011 at 2:40 pm

    Humanewatch provides it’s corporate sponsors with a scapegoat in order to distract focus away from the ONLY ISSUE IN THE ROOM.
    “HUMANE”, in any form, costs money.
    Businesses do not like to spend money.
    The Bertosko Boyz would redefine ‘Humane’ as a nasty thing to be mistrusted, thus protecting their corporate spon-sores from the loss of any nickels which might otherwise drop out of their pockets.
    You really think we’re stupid, don’t you?

    Here’s what’s stupid.
    90% of your anti-humane ‘argument’ is wrapped up in the itty-bitty ONE percent of the population who are proselytizing vegans.


    Because without them YOU HAVE NOTHING TO FIGHT AGAINST!

    All your scapegoats and smokescreens & your snake oil peddlers would exit the building and you self-styled masters of the universe would be left with “Humane’….or squat.


    • Posted by Shawn Martini on January 3, 2011 at 2:57 pm

      Well, now that we know your position on HumaneWatch, do you have anything to say about the wisdom of HSUS endorsing Michael Vicks dog ownership? Which is really what this post was about.


  6. Posted by Terry Ward on January 3, 2011 at 3:14 pm

    No, I won’t ‘say’ because I don’t play fool’s games and this has nothing to do with Michael Vick or pit bulls or the bus driver.
    This is snark pure and simple no matter how many times you recite the party-line from the humanewatch book of the dead.
    If, on the other hand, you would agree that the Vick dogs have the legal right to sue for damages/abuse…I might reconsider.


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