Many of those who donate to the Humane Society of the United States are unaware of the fact that HSUS is one of the greatest foes to fishing and hunting in the country. Wayne Pacelle, President of HSUS, on numerous occasions has revealed his personal disdain for the American sport. Pacelle was once quoted by the AP saying, “If we could shut down all sport hunting in a moment, we would.” To date, HSUS has spearheaded upwards of 25 anti-hunting ballot initiatives across the country. Like many Fabian left-wing groups, HSUS takes an incremental approach in making hunting progressively more difficult through additional regulation of the sport at the ballot box and in state legislatures.
One of the main targets is what HSUS refers to as canned hunts. These hunts are of wildlife bred in captivity and released over a large, enclosed area for hunting. HSUS believes that it is “cruel” to breed animals for the purpose of hunting, but these hunting areas have provided business opportunities to many struggling, rural Americans and have also allowed hunters to enjoy the sport in a controlled and safe environment. In fact, many of the species bred in captivity would have long since gone extinct, but for the cultivation of these businesses. For radical animal rights activists, however, the needs of animals always outweigh the needs of humans.