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HSUS Stamp by queenpasiphae HSUS Stamp by queenpasiphae
Years ago, I was a supporter of the Humane Society of the United States. However, their goals are no longer what I wish to support.

I've been a vegetarian for over 15 years and animal welfare is important to me. But I'm opposed to organizations such as PETA, because their goals are far too radical for me. Not to mention their methods, which I feel do far more to alienate people than do to win them over. And over the years, HSUS has become far too close to a PETA-with-a-thin-veneer-of-respectability for my tastes.

The latest thing to rile me is their involvement in HR2811 [link] /S373 [link] , which would ban import/export/interstate transport of all python species. If you read Wayne Pacell's blog here: [link] and FAQ here [link] , you'll see he thinks there should be laws against all exotic pets. The blog post specifically mentions a few of the large python species, since it's easy to scare the general public with mention of large snakes.

But large pythons isn't all HSUS is against. The US Association of Reptile Keepers has been working to get HR2811 changed so it's no longer the essential ban on all python species that it is now, but instead focuses on select species. But HSUS wants to keep it as-is, covering all pythons. [link] That's right, even the extremely popular ball python is apparently a target of HSUS.

If you wish to support HSUS, then by all means do so. Just do some reading up on them first and make sure their goals coincide with your own. For me, I'll donate to a local animal shelter instead.


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I used ~Kencho's template for this stamp.
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FluffyGerbil Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2014  Student General Artist
I enjoy my local, small-scale humane society. I do not really care for the humane society of the United States, and especially don't care for Peta. Peta targets gullible people and feeds them misleading information. And if HSUS becomes PETA, well, that'll suck.

Snakes are gorgious animals and extraordinary pets. I have multiple anxiety disorders--including GAD and PTSD--and can tell you right now that a snake is like a living stress-relief ball. Boas and pythons are especially docile and make great lap animals. Then you have more flighty breeds like corns which will run through your fingers like spaghetti, which is especially soothing. And to be honest, there is no way in heck a ball python could injure somebody any more than a cat or dog could. Spectacular pets, just wonderful. And they aren't even very demanding. :D
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Wolfyone Featured By Owner May 28, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I agree with you. They and Peta are getting way too radical in their views. Smacks of an old fashioned witch hunt.
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FunnelVortex Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
I support my LOCAL humane society, Humane Society of Marathon County in Wisconsin.

On a side note, I dont like it how you vegetarians think you are the only ones that support animal welfare groups and if someone does, they are a veggie. I'm not a vegetarian (nor will I ever be) but I am against creulity. Thats all I have against vegetarians, diddnt mean to offend you, just pointing something out.
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queenpasiphae Featured By Owner May 28, 2012
Supporting your local humane society is awesome. :)

I'm laughing at the "you vegetarians" comment because I could care less whether someone is vegetarian or not. What's on your plate is no one's business other than your own. I only mention it above because people usually assume vegetarians are HSUS and PETA supporters...and I'm definitely not.
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SmashStudio Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Right on.
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RunningandFalling Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2010
I remember a few years ago I donated $5 and bought 2 cute little tee shirts from them.
I now have at least $30 in address labels, cards, calenders, and other useless crap.

I think their biggest scam is that they have people believing that they're basically in control of ever humane society in the US. But they aren't. In fact they don't have 1 animal shelter to their name. They spend more traveling every year than they donate to any shelter. That's because they're a lobbying group.

Sighs.

I always find things out the hard way. Like I had to give up my dog because we finanically couldn't afford him at the time, and my mom decides to call Peta. Wouldn't you know it, two days later it's all over the news that peta people have been taking dogs, euthanizing them in their van, and then tossing them to the side of the road and into garbage cans.
Then I look into Peta some more and realize that from 1998 to 2008 they've euthanized 21,000 animals. And that's just what's on record. You have to wonder what those numbers would be when adding all of those animals they 'liberated' from farms and labs only to be eaten, hit by cars, or die a slow painful and starving death.
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DRGNCAT Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
8D I'm glad you made this stamp because they sported the ban xD I'm going to use this now xDDD
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concaholic Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2010
Well, with the law about pythons, maybe they want to ban importing them because they are endangered in the wild or something and want to encourage captive breeding. Also, Burmese pythons have became an invasive species in Florida.
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queenpasiphae Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2010
HSUS says on their website that people should not own any reptiles as pets, period. They're no fans of people breeding them in captivity, and were angling hard to have as many species of pythons included in the bills as possible. Also, the bills would ban interstate transport in addition to importation, making it illegal to take a snake you already owned with you if you had to move out of state. (And ruining the livelihoods of those who breed the snakes in captivity, since they wouldn't be able to sell across state lines.)

The Burmese pythons in Florida are an issue. But I believe the issue should be dealt with on a state level, not a federal one. (And Florida has taken more measures, such as requiring microchipping.) If Florida wants to ban them keeping them in their state, that's one thing. But telling someone in Alaska they can't keep a snake simply because it can survive in the wild in Florida seems silly to me.
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schnappie Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2009
HSUS lies, I hope S373 isn't passed
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Trustthapo Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
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The HSUS does nothing but spread garbled facts and grade-A lies. I'm just glad that p. Regius was removed from the list- along with 30 others- but the ban needs to be done away with.
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schnappie Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2009
The US chamber of commerce opposes the bill. They now want it to be changed to limit the import of burms.
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Trustthapo Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Woah, where did you hear that?! I've not been able to find any updates on it. Imports, as in out-of-the-US imports? I could live with that.
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Rin0Gin0Weed Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2009
I would like to say that the HSUS is PeTA's right testicle, even though that is rather vulgar and normally I would not say something like that. Also it doesn't fit, because they're all spineless. Animal rights want to do away with animals completely. That means everything from pet mice to horses. HSUS and PETA have both tried to kill off no kill animal shelters, that work. Saying it's bad to stockpile dogs, cats, etc. Yet they don't mind stockpiling wildlife.
I started hating PeTA when they were more sorry about dumping adoptable pets in the garbage than they were about getting them adopted. I started hating HSUS when they raised money for the Hurricane Katrina animals, but then pulled away and never really helped. Then did the same with the Vic dogs, but then tried to get the dogs killed. Even the puppies who were born after they were 'saved.'
Most of these non-profits throw thier weight around worse than the mafia.

I love the stamp, instant fav!
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Zanizaila Featured By Owner Edited Sep 30, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Agreed, and wow, you're the only one except me I've seen who spells PeTA like that. (They do write it like that in their logo - everything is capitalized except for the "e" for "ethical"... fittingly enough...)
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koto-rei Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2009
They were trying to push the bill of pythons being banned, I hate them.
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schnappie Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2009
They still are, s373
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koto-rei Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2009
i know that...
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koto-rei Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2009
ff You already said that, sorry. Dx
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Flayrah Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2009
I totally agree with not supporting PETA, those guys are just scum bags. I mean seriously, pitching a fit because Obama killed a fly on TV? Please.
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