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HSUS and Its Record
Dangerous conditions...sweltering heat for primates...an area cluttered with feces...possible violations of animal-welfare regulations.
These phrases could all describe U.S. Department of Agriculture inspections of HSUS facilities. On a reader tip, we checked out the USDA inspection reports for several facilities run by HSUS or the Fund for Animals, an HSUS affiliate. The USDA's APHIS (Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service) performs regular inspections of facilities across the US to make sure animal welfare regulations are being followed. And it turns out HSUS isn't exactly immaculate when it comes to running its facilities.
According to these reports, the USDA found a number of "non-compliances" at the HSUS/Fund for Animals Black Beauty Ranch in Texas. Here's what the USDA inspector found during three site visits in 2010 and 2011:
Now, to be fair, the ranch did well on its two most recent inspections. But you could see how HSUS would spin these reports if the inspections had been done on a farm they were targeting. The script practically writes itself. Just add grainy and dimly lit footage to a horror movie soundtrack and you're in business.
Zoos, circuses, farms and even HSUS ranches have a big job when it comes to providing quality care for animals. HSUS needs to be careful that their sensationalistic tactics don't come back to bite them.