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Antis spending big bucks in fight against hunters

By Gene Mueller

The Ohio-based U.S. Sportsmen's Alliance says a number of animal rights organizations across the country rake in millions of dollars to fund their anti-hunting campaigns. The alliance got the information from Animal People Magazine, which published the antis' dollar figures based on the analysis of Internal Revenue Service reports.
Hunters are reminded that the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) and the Fund for Animals (FFA) will merge at the beginning of the year. According to a recent report by Scripps Howard News Service, the merger will result in a megabucks organization that has more than $95 million to fight hunters ? and eventually sport anglers.

"These groups have been working to trample sportsmen's rights for decades," alliance senior vice president Rick Story said. "They intend to invest their millions in campaigns to ban hunting and trapping and are refining their organization to get the job done."
For example, the Animal Legal Defense Fund has a budget of $3,120,780; it says it will spend $2,462,761 on its programs, whatever that means. The Animal Welfare Institute has a budget of $1,169,280 and says it will spend $989,124 on programs. The Doris Day Animal League has a budget of $2,740,123 and claims to spend $2,104,393 on its various programs.
The FFA, with its budget of $7,604,874, has an overhead of $1,598,332, with the remainder going to its mostly anti-hunting and anti-animal testing programs. The FFA will be a major player when it joins forces with the wealthiest of the anti-hunters, HSUS. The latter's budget is $69,548,619. It says it will spend $47,635,118 on programs and the rest on overhead.
Let me tell you, that's some overhead: $21,913,501. The net assets for HSUS stand at $99,997,471.
Then there's the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), which has been quite active against sportfishing of late. Its budget is $21,484,419, and it says it will spend $18,442,816 on programs.
Comprehensive financial information on individual nonprofit organizations, including tax records, is available online at

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The Humane Society could generate a lot more money were it to sell the pelts of the dogs and cats it exterminates in its shelters.

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Custer, do you know what the name of the combined group will be?

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Preacher said:
Custer, do you know what the name of the combined group will be?
Here ya go Preacher; not sure they have selected a new name.

2004 Raised the 'Bar' for Animal Protection Victories in the Nation's Courts
Thursday December 30, 9:11 am ET

WASHINGTON, Dec. 30 /PRNewswire/ -- As 2004 comes to a close, animal advocates are celebrating a historic year for animals in the courts. The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) and The Fund for Animals, which plan to merge on January 1st and launch a new Animal Protection Litigation section, have just published an in-depth article about this year's numerous legal victories for animals, available on The HSUS's web site at:
Some of the groups' courtroom accomplishments this year include:

* Open and Shut Cases Against Pro-Trapping Groups: An assault on laws
banning the use of cruel traps, poisons, baiting, and hounding was
stopped dead in its tracks by rulings in Washington state and
California. Judges in both states ruled that the measures in place to
protect wildlife and family pets were reasonable and sensible
restrictions, and are entirely consistent with state and federal law.

* Something To Crow About: The Oklahoma Supreme Court, without dissent,
affirmed the constitutionality of the state's ban on cruel and
barbaric cockfighting. Cockfighters had appealed the decision all the
way to the U.S. Supreme Court, which declined to even consider their

* Bear This In Mind: The Supreme Court of New Jersey issued a unanimous
decision to cancel the state's bear hunt just four days before it was
scheduled to begin. Relying on scientific and legal arguments
previously presented to the state by The Fund for Animals and The
HSUS, the Supreme Court overturned a lower court ruling directing the
state to issue bear hunting permits, and prohibited bear hunting
throughout the state.

* Getting the Lions' Share: The Fund for Animals, The HSUS, and six
other animal protection and conservation organizations reached a
settlement with the federal government in a suit challenging the
killing of mountain lions to "study" the impact of those killings on
bighorn sheep in the Four Peaks Wilderness Area of the Tonto National
Forest in southeastern Arizona. The settlement stops the killing of
lions and ensures that the Forest Service will study the real threats
to bighorn sheep, such as recreational hunting and off-road vehicle

* A Whale of a Victory: The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth District
once again refused to modify its order prohibiting the Makah Indian
tribe from hunting gray whales off the coast of Washington state,
citing failure to comply with the National Environmental Policy Act
and the Marine Mammal Protection Act. This is the third time that the
court has said no to whale hunting.

* Keeping Dolphins Safe: In August, The HSUS and several other groups
won a major ruling from the federal district court in San Francisco,
which blocked the U.S. Commerce Department's attempt to weaken the
Dolphin Safe tuna labeling program. Finding the department's new
rules unlawfully ignored scientific evidence showing that more
dolphins would be killed under the rules, the judge issued an order
prohibiting the use of Dolphin Safe labels on tuna products caught by
setting nets on dolphins.

"As good as 2004 was for animals in the courts, 2005 promises to be even better," said Wayne Pacelle, president of The HSUS. "Our new Animal Protection Litigation section will boast seven full-time attorneys who will tackle new cases and seek justice for animals, will serve as a training ground for the next generation of animal lawyers and law students, and will lay the foundation for implementation of new strategies to help farm animals, wildlife, and companion animals in the courts."

Source: The Fund for Animals
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