This is in response to the recent letter to the editor regarding the Humane Society of the United States. The gist of the letter was that we should support our local shelters vs. supporting HSUS with their "own agenda."
While we definitely need to support our local shelters, I'd like to point out these larger animal welfare organizations also have an important mission. Since 1954, the HSUS has been fighting for the protection of all animals through advocacy, education and hands-on programs. They rescue and care for tens of thousands of animals each year; however, their primary mission is to prevent cruelty before it occurs. They help all animals, across America and around the world.
Their Animal Rescue Team has been working to save animals throughout the country from cruelty, abuse, and neglect. Just this year, they've been assisting in raids on dog fighting, working to end intensive confinement of farm animals, working to end fur industry cruelty, Michigan wolves protection and so much more.
We only realize these large organizations are needed when we see larger scale issues - for example, I reported an animal cruelty case shown on television to one of the large organizations, and they jumped on it.
I agree with the writer, let's support our local shelters - but we should also support these larger organizations that help with other important animal welfare issues on a larger scale. Without them, there would be even more animal suffering.