Carrie Underwood donates $200k to the The HSUS...lashing out against fans?
Sunday, 13 December 2009 22:21

Note: this post is from 2009... check out the 2013 version here!

Yesterday I found a post that Carrie Underwood donated $200,000 to the Humane Society of the United States.  Her fans are saying, "it's for neutering and stuff", but a simple Google search would show: it's not.  Miss Underwood just handed over a ton of coin to help the largest Animal Rights Activist organization one Earth fight Farmers and Ranchers and anyone else that has an interest in animals.

What is the HSUS?
"Despite the words “humane society” on its letterhead, the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) is not affiliated with your local animal shelter. Despite the omnipresent dogs and cats in its fundraising materials, it’s not an organization that runs spay/neuter programs or takes in stray, neglected, and abused pets. And despite the common image of animal protection agencies as cash-strapped organizations dedicated to animal welfare, HSUS has become the wealthiest animal rights organization on earth.

HSUS is big, rich, and powerful, a “humane society” in name only. And while most local animal shelters are under-funded and unsung, HSUS has accumulated $113 million in assets and built a recognizable brand by capitalizing on the confusion its very name provokes. This misdirection results in an irony of which most animal lovers are unaware: HSUS raises enough money to finance animal shelters in every single state, with money to spare, yet it doesn’t operate a single one anywhere.

Instead, HSUS spends millions on programs that seek to economically cripple meat and dairy producers; eliminate the use of animals in biomedical research labs; phase out pet breeding, zoos, and circus animal acts; and demonize hunters as crazed lunatics. HSUS spends $2 million each year on travel expenses alone, just keeping its multi-national agenda going"

"We have to wonder: With a $100 million annual budget and $200 million in the bank, doesn’t HSUS already have enough cash to throw its PETA-inspired weight around? After all, it’s not like HSUS’s bottom line is burdened by, say, contributing any more than 4 percent of its budget to the real “humane societies” that operate hands-on dog and cat shelters."

Onto the oversized cheque for 200k....

Farmers Aren't too happy:
"Instead of donating that money to charities that could help people, especially during the Christmas season, she gave it to the richest animal right organization on the planet. She gave it to a group that uses more than 95% of it’s budget for travel and lobbying against family farmers and ranchers. She may play country music, but she forgot long ago about the country she grew up in."
"One of Pacelle’s first acts as HSUS’s new chief executive was to send a memo to all HSUS staffers articulating his vision for the future. HSUS’s new “campaigns section,” Pacelle wrote, “will focus on farm animals.”"

The Hunters and Anglers aren't too happy:
"Carrie Underwood has decided to use her talents to benefit an organization dedicated to destroying the rights of thousands of her fans,"

"It`s sad to see a country western star giving money to a group like this. It`s safe to say that the majority of her fans are outdoorsmen/hunters/fishermen.
We urge you to tell as many people as you can about Carrie Underwood and to stop buying her albums and supporting her. When you support her you`re also supporting the HSUS."

And the Rodeo Industry isn't too happy:
"Don't support those who want to stop our way of life! RT @TroyHadrick: Underwood donated $200K to #HSUS. "

"Carrie might want to consider who is more likely to support her music by buying concert tickets and CD's. I can almost guarantee Ms. Underwood that the fans who support rodeo and eat meat are going to help make her living. Not the Animal Rights Thugs."

And why wouldn't they be.  Direct from the HSUS Website:

"...The HSUS opposes rodeos..."

even general Equitation: jumping, racing is in their sights:
"...The HSUS does not oppose all horse racing or all horse shows; however, we do oppose a variety of practices that cause unnecessary suffering or undue risks to horses. These include the use of drugs for non-therapeutic purposes to enable injured or disadvantaged animals to race, the racing of young animals whose bones and bodies have not matured sufficiently, the use of goads and whips, the soring of show horses, over-breeding, and other activities that cause unnecessary distress to horses."

To summarize, Carrie Underwood donated $200,000 to Animal Activists to continue their fight and cause: lobbying Government to change practices of anything where an animal is involved.  The kittys and puppys won't see any Carrie-coin.  In an ideal world the HSUS would do away with the lap dog she carries around, and tell her own family that their ranch is overcrowded (ranchers in Checotah, Oklahoma according to Wikipedia).

Though Underwood tries to be a cross-over artist, her roots are Country.  The genre is the credo of those in the Rural Lifestyle: Farmers, Ranchers, Western Riders, Rodeo-Types, Hunters, Anglers.  Her gesture lashes out at a major portion of her own fan base.  Too bad Underwood didn't Google.

Note: this post is from 2009... check out the 2013 version here!