Breaking News from Best Friends & HSUS

Breaking News from Best Friends & HSUS

It didn’t surprise us to hear that the first news coming out of the meeting of stakeholders involved with pit bulls and pit bull advocacy was not all that great. Because it was not unexpected, it was disappointing but not crushing.

What does surprise us though is news today that although representatives of the “old guard” of HSUS were a part of the discussion and expressed old and tired philosophies, those philosophies have been discarded for a new and humane vision for pit bulls and other dogs seized as a part of fighting operations. 

We have waited (not so patiently) for this moment. Is it all that we have waited for? Let us know as we all take a moment to read it together:

Tails Wag for New HSUS Policy

April 10, 2009 : 4:18 PM
Animal welfare groups announce new collaboration to save pit bulls 

Best Friends Animal Society and The Humane Society of the United States announced that a summit meeting held this week in Las Vegas to discuss the disposition of dogs seized from dog fighting operations has led to a coalition of groups working together to help the canine victims of organized violence.

Among the outcomes of the meeting:

• The HSUS has a new policy of recommending that all dogs seized from fighting operations be professionally evaluated, according to agreed upon standards, to determine whether they are suitable candidates for adoption. Dogs deemed suitable for placement should be offered as appropriate to adopters or to approved rescue organizations. The HSUS will update its law enforcement training manual and other materials to reflect this change in policy.

• The groups agree that all dogs should be treated as individuals, and they are the true victims of this organized crime. They also agree to support law enforcement and animal control agencies when decisions must be made regarding the dogs deemed unsuitable for adoption and in cases when rescue organizations and adopters are unable, within a reasonable timeframe, to accept dogs from such raids that have been offered for adoption.

• The organizations will form a working group to develop future protocols for cooperation in addressing the needs of dogs seized in raids, such as how to assist with the housing of fighting dogs, how to conduct professional evaluations, and how to screen potential adopters.

The summit meeting was convened to address the matter of dogs seized as a result of cruelty investigations, particularly due to the increase in HSUS-led enforcement actions against dog fighters.

Participants at the meeting included Best Friends Animal Society, The Humane Society of the United States, BAD RAP, ASPCA, National Animal Control Association, Maddie’s Fund, Nevada Humane Society, and Spartanburg Humane Society.

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2 Responses to “Breaking News from Best Friends & HSUS”

  1. Lynn Orbison says:

    Pretty words, but I think there are plenty of loopholes so that HSUS can do whatever they want whenever they want. (And take all the credit and pass along all the blame.)

    “A working group to develop future protocols for cooperation.”

    Don’t ask ME to be in the group, I’m already tearing my hair out just READING about it!

    I like the headline…but then dogs are eternal optimists.

  2. sue_cosby says:

    I’m not sure that they can do whatever they want… well… they CAN do whatever they want but the world is watching and Best Friends really stood up for the animals and insisted that they step up.
    It is difficult though, to watch it as HSUS appears to be getting to this conclusion reluctantly. I’d like to see some evidence that they are convinced.

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