As hunters we all can be proud of our record of giving back to the resource through self-imposed taxes, hunting licenses and generous donations to conservation organizations such as Ducks Unlimited, or the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation . Give yourself a pat on the back. It's because of you that we have strong game and nongame populations across North America.
Other so-called animal organizations can't hold a candle to the North American Hunter. I recently cruised through a website that actually "watches" the Humane Society of the United States. Check it out. It's HumaneWatch. There are many humane society type organizations and many do good while others just meddle. The HSUS definitely could be doing more with what they receive from members, but fail to do so and the numbers are almost unbelievable.
According to information researched by HumaneWatch the HSUS shares less than half of one percent of its annual budget with animal shelters like in your community and other humane societies run by locals. They also operate against their own articles of incorporation by lobbying legislators and running their own private school. There are many other shocking allegations revealed on this site about the HSUS. In brief, the HSUS is simply taking in money to run a major PR campaign to put animals on a pedestal. Seventy-one percent of Americans believe HSUS actually acts as an "umbrella organization" to oversee humane societies across the country, but that simply isn't true despite the well-crafted commercials showing sad puppies and kitties for fundraising.
I like the pledge the creator of HumaneWatch posted on his site. If HSUS donates 50 percent of its budget to pet shelters across the country the site will disappear. I'm looking forward to checking up with HumaneWatch for many years to come.