I am reposting this article by Bob Noonan because it’s something that I think most hunters and fishermen are unaware of. I found this article in Ohio Outdoor News July 17 2015 issue.
HSUS Is Not your Local Humane Society
By Bob Noonan
Most hunters and trappers are aware that the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), based in Washington, D.C., is Enemy #1 to our way of life. The openly-stated goal of HSUS is to end all hunting and trapping, and they are behind almost all anti-hunting and anti-trapping efforts across the country. (In reality, their aim is much wider; they also actively push a vegan agenda, and want to end ALL animal use, including the farm raising of livestock for meat, dairy, and eggs.)
HSUS is effective working towards these goals because it has huge financial resources – and the powerful prestige of its name.
Unfortunately, most people, even some sportsmen, do not understand what HSUS really is. That’s because they call themselves the “Humane Society”. What, exactly, is the Humane Society? It turns out there are two. And they’re not even remotely the same.
The general public knows their local Humane Society as shelters for dogs and cats, run by dedicated, low paid people and volunteers who love animals. Across America there are thousands of such local shelters, almost all calling themselves the Humane Society. They are all independent; they are not connected to a larger organization, or even to each other. However, polling shows that 71% of Americans believes HSUS is an umbrella organization for all these local shelters. People think their shelters are somehow affiliated with HSUS. By extension, they also feel that HSUS is the voice of local shelters.
It is not.
HSUS has NOTHING to do with local Humane Society shelters; they just happen to use exactly the same name. HSUS furthers this deception by frequently using dogs and cats in their many ads that ask for money to help these animals in shelters. But HSUS does not run ANY pet shelters – and, although it raises well over $100 million annually from contributions, it consistently gives shelters LESS THAN 1% of that money.
The figures below are based on HSUS’s 2013 IRS Form 990, which all nonprofits have to file. In it, they themselves reveal their 2012 financial activity. (Note: not all expenses listed.)
• Total revenue: $125.8 million.
• President/CEO Wayne Pacelle’s annual compensation package: $395,469.
• Employees: 636 (including 30 lawyers); 7 earn over $200,000; 38 earn over $100,000.
• Total salaries and benefits: $44.5 million (35% of its total budget).
• Added to pension plan: $2.4 million.
• Spent on fundraising: $49 million (39% of its total budget).
• Spent on lobbying: $2.5 million.
• Grants to pet shelters: $1,028,586 (.8% of its total budget).
• Total expenses: $120.3 million.
• Total investments: $177.7 million (publicly traded securities).
• Total assets: $195.4 million
Although HSUS states it is against meat eating and farm raising of livestock, it has bought shares of Hardees, McDonald’s, Wendy’s, and other restaurants that focus on meat-based dishes. These are profitable investments, and HSUS has never had a problem violating its own, publicly stated values for its main goal of fundraising.
Of particular concern is HSUS’s 2012 investment of $25.7 million in what they refer to as the “Central American and Caribbean” region. These investments are: Ascend Partners Fund I, L.P. (Cayman Islands); BKM Holdings Ltd. (Caymans); Fore Multi Strategy Offshore Fund, Ltd. (Caymans); Hayman Capital Offshore Partners, L.P. (Bermuda); Fir Tree International Value Fund (Caymans). These are all FOR-PROFIT HEDGE FUNDS. Why did a U.S. not-for-profit organization park almost $26 million in offshore for-profit funds in the Caribbean area, long known as a place for corporations to hide money?
Equally disturbing is the May 2014 settlement of a Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO) lawsuit against HSUS by Feld Entertainment, Inc., which owns Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circuses. HSUS had sued Feld for mistreatment of their elephants, but it was discovered that they had paid their witness $190,000 to provide false testimony. HSUS paid Feld a settlement of $15.75 MILLION to avoid the RICO charge, a conviction that would have seriously damaged their reputation and image.
The respected American Institute of Philanthropy (AIP), which analyzes charities, has consistently given HSUS annual “D” ratings, reflecting its high operational costs and low percentage of giving to its intended recipients. And in 2014, Charity Navigator, the nation’s largest charity evaluator, completely revoked HSUS’s charity rating, for these same reasons.
One major way HSUS raises money is by asking for contributions to help animals in shelters. Their deceptive advertising is so effective that polling of those who contributed to HSUS shows that 74% gave SPECIFICALLY to help pet shelters. A full 90% of those polled were completely unaware that HSUS gave less than 1% of its annual income to shelters. These people fully believed that by giving to HSUS, they were helping their local shelter.
Local humane shelters operate on a shoestring, with low salaries and unpaid volunteers. Maine’s Bangor Humane Society, for example, has only 20 paid employees, most part-time, and about 100 volunteers. Like most shelters, they survive on contributions and some municipal funding.
HSUS siphons off millions of dollars that should go to these local Humane Society shelters, because much of the money given to HSUS is from people who think their contributions ARE going to shelters.
Money isn’t the only thing HSUS steals from the nation’s shelters. By using the name “Humane Society”, it also steals their well-deserved respect and prestige.
Another big fundraiser for HSUS is its constant anti-hunting and anti-trapping state ballot initiatives and referendums. During these, HSUS raises more than it spends, due to its deceptive appeals to their 11-plus million “constituents” across the country, mostly urban/suburban people with no idea of the reality of either rural life or wildlife management, who don’t even live in the states these initiatives affect. These ballot initiatives are moneymakers for HSUS. They make money even when they lose. But they do need wins, to encourage more contributions. That’s another reason to beat them.
The term “Humane Society” has enormous positive clout in the public’s mind. Hunters and trappers need to educate their friends and families that HSUS has NO CONNECTION with their local Humane Society shelters. Tell people if they want to contribute money to their shelter, to send it directly to them, not to the fat cats at HSUS. If people are doubtful, tell them to call their shelter. Most shelters are well aware that HSUS siphons off millions meant for them, and will gladly tell callers that, if asked. In fact, some Humane Society shelters, when publicly asking for contributions, will openly request that the money NOT be sent to HSUS.
HSUS is effective at attacking us as much because of its huge financial resources as because of their lies to a well-intentioned but uninformed urban public. By educating people, we can help divert money from them to the Humane Society shelters that desperately need it. And we need to make people aware that when HSUS says hunting and trapping are cruel, they are NOT speaking for the many Humane Societies throughout America that deserve our respect and admiration.
Hunters and trappers have achieved major goals in the past by focused grassroots action. We need to proactively educate people about HSUS.
The Ohio ODNR has activated a new line that lets current Verizon, Sprint and T Mobile cell phone customers connect directly with a dispatcher at the agency’s emergency communications center. The number is #ODNR and is not case sensitive. The line is active 24/7 and can be used to provide ODNR with safety/maintenance concerns at state parks, marinas, trail hazards and unsafe boating. It can also be used as a complaint line to report rowdy or unruly activity at the same locations. In life or death situations or terrorist activity you should still call 911. Ohio boaters can still call 1-877-4BOATER for help with registration and watercraft rules.
This information gathered from an article in the July 17th Ohio Outdoors News written by Jane Beathard
I have a few reports that the yellow perch are finally starting to bite. Starting on 7/10 through 7/13 perch were being caught at the following locations.
- Niagara Reef
- Between Rattlesnake and Middle Bass Island
- Around Ballast Island
- Northeast corner of Kelly’s Island Shoal
- 30′ to 35 ‘ in front of Cedar Point
- Straight out from Cranberry Creek
- Also an unconfirmed report that they are being caught near the weather buoy
As usual the best bait is shiner minnows fished near the bottom on spreaders or crappie rigs.
A recent article (7/3/15) in the Ohio Outdoor News caught my attention. In this article Mike Miller acting DNR Division of Watercraft Chief states that it is illegal to have an open container on public waters not only for the boat operator but also any passenger. He states “You are not allowed to have open containers in public places”
While I am certainly against the boat operator being impaired, I never knew it was illegal for passengers to have an alcoholic drink. Miller went on to state this law includes all navigable waterways. That’s a pretty broad brush stroke if you ask me.
Later in the article he went on to say that it was an officer discretion call on whether it would be enforced or not. I‘m not sure where he was trying to go in this article. Is he implying that the state is going to start enforcing this law more vigorously?
I can’t see how a boat on Lake Erie or any other waterway makes it a public place. What about Charter boats? What about powerboats or sailboats or even a canoe? It seems our PC mentality is trying to take all our small pleasures away.
Ottawa County Sheriff’s office Chief Deputy Jeff Hickman states he doesn’t believe it’s against the law and that they don’t enforce it. While I side with him the cloud of enforcement still hangs over our heads.
It makes me wonder how often this law is enforced. Maybe we can get some feedback from this post that will tell us. Meanwhile I think I will continue to have my occasional beer while perch or walleye fishing on Lake Erie.
How much does the start of perch season depend on water temperature. According to our records water temperature is the key to the perch turning on in the spring. Our records going back quite a few years show that the perch don’t really turn on until the water temperature nears 50 degrees. Currently the water temperature off Marblehead is 51 degrees which should herald the start of some good perching.
I have just read two of the fishing forums and there is almost no talk about perch fishing which means they aren’t biting yet or the guys are concentrating on the great walleye fishing that is available right now.
We usually start our perch season off on the east side of Kelly’s Island with action on the north side of Kelly’s also. This is that time of year when you can really catch some nice perch with 10 inch plus fish not uncommon.
It’s time for those doubles and triples of perch with bites before you can get the bait to the bottom. Please comment if you are catching perch now or when you do with a general location
Spring and summer fishing and spring turkey season is nearly upon us. There are a lot of events coming up in the next month so I will list a few of them.
- April 18-19 Youth Spring Wild Turkey Season www.wildohio.gov
- April 20 – May 17 Spring Wild Turkey Season www.wildohio.gov
- May 2-3 Free Fishing Days www.wildohio.gov
- May 8-17 Biggest Week in American Birding www.biggestweekinamericanbirding.com
- Ohio 2015-2016 Fishing and Hunting licenses are on sale now at your local bait store or at www.wildohio.gov
- LEWT (Lake Erie Walleye Trail) Tournament Dates 4/11/15 Magee East, 4/25/15 Lakevue, 5/16/15 Sandusky, 6/6 & 6/7 Huron Check their website for details.
- 3/31/15, 4/2/15, 4/7/15 Open public shooting at Camp Perry. Check it out on the calendar here
Just a reminder. Watch for orange tags attached to the bellies of walleye. They are part of an important survey plus they are worth $100.00 when turned in.
The debate over walleye migration may be coming to an end soon.
A recent article in Ohio Outdoor News states that fishery biologists with the Ohio DNR have started a long term study tracking fish movements on Lake Erie but are specifically targeting walleyes. The study is titled Great Lakes Acoustic Telemetry Observation Study.
Regardless of the overblown title, it means a lot towards bringing the age old debate over walleye movement to an end. We all know that if we can find the fish we can generally catch them. To date the problem has been where are they. With the information gleaned from this study Great Lakes fishermen will have a lot better idea where the fish are.
It has generally been believed that the walleye start out on the reefs of the western basin in the spring and then migrate eastward towards deeper cooler water as the waters heat up only to reverse that migration from fall through the winter months.
Early results are bearing out this theory in general but with some interesting new information. It seems as they travel some of the fish are in shallow water while others are in deeper water with those in shallower water believed to be feeding and those in deep water not as active. Another theory has been proven also. Many fishermen and marine biologists believe the walleye migrate up the Detroit River as far as the St Clair River and as far as Lake Huron. This has been proven to be true. The study also looks at the temperature the fish are in and the results have been interesting. One fish had a range of temperatures from 55 to 71 degrees F in one day. One can only surmise that the fish went from shallow water to very deep water in that day. Another showed the temperature going from normal water temperature to freezing in the same day. Biologists finally figured out that the fish had been caught and placed on ice in a cooler.
All this information is gathered by acoustic transmitters implanted in the walleyes with the data being collected by receivers planted in the lakes. The study began in 2010 and the information is starting to roll in. Over the next several years the biologists should be able to better predict how weather, water temperatures and bait fish location will affect the walleye migrations. The biologists are asking for help from fishermen in their efforts. If you catch a walleye with an orange tag hanging from its belly it will be a fish implanted with an acoustic transmitter. The agency is offering a $100.00 reward for the return of the transmitters.
The Ohio Wildlife Division has been making great strides in increasing the musky population in Ohio waters. Check out this webinar talking about what’s going on.
Would you like to plan a really great fishing trip but don’t know what to do with your family while you are out trying for a trophy fish. Well I have good news for you. The western basin of Lake Erie provides some of the best fishing in the world plus there are plenty of things for your family to do. It is truly a destination area.
Lets start with the fishing part of the trip. The western basin of Lake Erie is that area from Toledo in the west to Sandusky further east. This is a very loose description but it will do for our purposes. Port Clinton (somewhat in the middle) is called the walleye capital of the world for good reason. It is smack dab in the middle of the best walleye fishing in the world. It is a short run to the islands and reefs of the western basin where hundreds of trophy walleye are caught every year.
Walleye are not the only fish in the western basin.There are ample opportunities to catch yellow perch, smallmouth bass and largemouth bass. Often you can combine several species of fish in the same trip. It is not unheard of to limit out on more than one species in a single outing.
If you have your own boat there are dozens of public launch areas and marinas. If you want to try a charter there are dozens of great charter captains available. In addition there are dozens of Bait and Tackle stores also.
Okay we’ve covered the fishing so how about your family. Let me start with Toledo to the west. Toledo has one of the highest rated zoos in the U.S. Moving east to the Port Clinton area. Besides being the walleye capital of the world it offers entertainment for the family such as African Safari Wildlife Park, Island Adventures Family Fun Center, Ottawa County Historical Museum and Jet Express ferry service to the Lake Erie Islands.
The Lake Erie Islands can be a destination in and of itself. There is plenty of shopping and entertainment for adults and kids. Just east of Port Clinton is the Marblehead/Catawba peninsula. Again plenty to do for both kids and adults plus offering ferry service to Put In Bay (South Bass Island) by Miller Boat Line. This ferry service provides the ability to transport you and your bicycle, car, truck or RV to Put In Bay.
Moving a few miles further east brings you to Sandusky, Ohio home of Cedar Point. I doubt there’s anyone out there who has not heard of Cedar Point. It is one of the premier amusement parks in the world. There are also a lot of other family attractions in Sandusky such as the Merry Go Round Museum, Ghostly Manor Thrill Center, Cedar Point Soak City, Kalahari Waterpark, Great Wolf Lodge Water Park, Castaway Bay Water Park and Lagoon Deer Park.
Information for all of this can be found at Lake Erie Shores and Islands Welcome Center. If you think this is the area for your family trip this summer contact the welcome center now and get all the information you need for your visit.
I had a thought several days after posting this. Maybe your family would be looking for a church to attend. I am listing three in Sandusky. One Catholic, one Lutheran and one non denominational. There are many more that you can find through a Google search