Funny, isn't it, when you hear the words "Humane Society U.S." you automatically think of a respected organization with shelters all across the country, saving countless thousands of dogs and cats. "PETA," on the other hand, conjures up visions of slightly flaky people who want us all to be vegans and would eradicate the world of cows and rodeos.
The only time I even questioned my perception of the Humane Society U.S. was when they sent a representative to Canada to protest the seal hunt. I have no opinions about the seal hunt either way; it has been the only means of support for generations of sealers and seems a necessary cull, but I'm not well informed. It just seemed strange that a respected humane society of one country would interfere in the rights of another. You expect groups like PETA and GreenPeace to think globally but not the humane society. It just raised a niggly little question mark in my head, mostly about who was funding them.
UNTIL...this is one of those weird things that happen and mess with your head, especially since it started by hearing part of a song I like on a show that I despise.
The song was Toto's Africa and I just had to hear it again on YouTube. When it started to play, it started with a commercial, as many of them do now, and as my finger hovered over the "skip" button, my jaw was dropping at what I was watching. Just because it was so damned weird. So I got hooked, kept watching and learned a very disturbing side of the U.S. Humane Society.
Watch the video and if you want to learn more, go to: http://www.HumaneWatch.org
Or adopt a lawyer.