Our position here is clear and unequivocal: Horseracing is inherently wrong and it must go. Not so, says the “nation’s largest and most effective animal protection organization,” the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS). In a Paulick Report article announcing the “partnership” between the HSUS and the Jockey Club on an anti-doping bill, HSUS president and CEO Wayne Pacelle says, “We’re not against racing. We want it done well and humanely.” And: “…while PETA may be an anti-racing organization, HSUS isn’t.”
Whether Wayne Pacelle actually believes this or not is wholly irrelevant, for either way he has revealed himself a fraud. If he truly holds that horseracing is a sport and that it’s worth saving, then he (quite obviously) is not the ethical vegan he claims to be. If, conversely, he privately opposes horseracing but says these things publicly in order to placate the many HSUS donors who, while calling themselves “animal lovers,” do not oppose using other species for human ends, he is both a fraud and a coward.
To make matters worse, as the article points out, HSUS opposes greyhound racing. (From its website: “We can eliminate greyhound racing through education, compassion and action.”) Why would the HSUS make a distinction between the coerced racing of dogs and the coerced racing of horses? Simple, really: Dogracing is poor, has no “tradition” to speak of (like “The Sport of Kings”), and is deeply unpopular (banned in most states) – it’s on its way out. Horseracing, on the other hand, is rich, still (sensationally) covered by NBC Sports, and while its popularity is clearly waning, its big-monied interests continue to have lawmakers’ ears across the country (racino subsidies). In other words, like any good slimy politician, the HSUS has placed itself on the “right” side of these issues. Frauds and cowards.