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"The academic panel concluded that there appears to be little evidence to demonstrate that the welfare of animals kept in travelling circuses is any better or worse than that of animals kept in other captive environments" - Executive Summary of the DEFRA Circus Working Group 2007

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Thursday, 8 December 2011

HSUS Spending Editorial (c/o Animal Finder's Guide and Humane Watch)

Following on from yesterday's disturbing news that a former HSUS (Humane Society of the United States) - according to their accounts, the world's largest animal rights group - is now serving as a chief enforcer for the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, the above Christmas editorial in the American journal "The Animal Finder's Guide" was a small relief. It is good to see that some people involved in the animal industry understands the real threat of animal groups like HSUS. The editorial, written by the very informative animal rights watch group Humane Watch, states its case clearly in the opening paragraph: 

"The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) isn't affiliated with any local humane societies or pet shelters, and it doesn't run any pet shelters itself. It could certainly afford to - HSUS spent $126 million last year. Yet less 1 percent of its buget was grants to support pet sheltering."

The editorial goes on to describe how the HSUS raised over $420,000 in West Virginia alone, but didn't drop a penny to support any of the shelters. The above map that accompanies the editorial is dated to 14th November 2011 and shows, state for state how little money actually goes into funding places that actually help look after abandoned animals. 
Astley's Legacy was formed to counteract the misinformation spread by the animal rights agenda but in addition to fighting the corner for circus animals I think there is also a further need to promote and celebrate the circus in general, especially in Great Britain. For more information please see our Facebook group
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