SeaWorld Incident Breathes New Life Into HSUS

Prairie Gleanings

Jack Hanna sees through HSUS' "credibility" on orcas in captivity.

Published on: March 3, 2010

After a series of victories against the Humane Society of the United States, the death of a SeaWorld trainer has given them new life.


As I wait for a flight to the Commodity Classic in Anaheim, Calif. at 4:30 a.m. in St. Louis, I can't help listen to CNN in the background. Anderson Cooper diligently cites the "Humane Society of America" (he means HSUS) as an authority on orcas in captivity.


Just as I'm about to cry out in disgust, Jack Hanna swoops and notes that HSUS' experience with killer whales is pale in comparison to SeaWorld's. He then continued by discussing SeaWorld's role in donating millions to save aquatic animals.


Essentially, Hanna's argument was, without the Shamu show, folks would be ignorant to the needless killing of orcas by fishermen. Thus, put a few in captivity for the sake of thousands. A valid argument, I think.


Even though agriculture wasn't mentioned once during this news piece, it shows how dangerous HSUS remains. Their name alone allows them to weasel their way into news casts when they actually have little experience on the actual topic. I loved how Hanna swatted HSUS aside with such ease. However, the fact that Cooper was willing to shamelessly quote HSUS as a factual source is disturbing.


To me, this means we've got to keep the pressure on HSUS. Many corporations are starting to realize how dangerous HSUS can be as an ally (just ask Pilot and Yellow Tail Wine).


We have to continue exposing HSUS for who they really are. When I post articles from on Facebook, I always get responses from friends who did not realize HSUS' nefarious nature. Keep up the pressure. After all, folks aren't going to get the truth about HSUS from HSUS.


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