The Hawaii-based Animal Care Foundation recently placed an ad on buses in Oahu criticizing the Hawaiian Humane Society.
KHON2 reported that,
The ad shows faces of animals displayed around an incinerator. The language is harsh, the ad reads: “Tens of thousands of animals like these are torched in the Hawaiian Humane Society incinerator. Help us end the slaughter.”
The Hawaiian Humane Society responded with a statement saying,
We’re disappointed by these ads. What these ads do not tell is that we have rescued and returned, thousands upon thousands of animals each year — more than any other organization in the state.
Bus ads critical of Hawaiian Humane Society. Ron Mizutani, KHON2, January 11, 2005.
Controversial Bus Ads Run. Press Release, Animal Care Foundation, January 11, 2005.
The Humane Society of the United States and other animal rights groups have been campaigning for a ballot proposal that would ban the use of baiting, dogs and traps by bear hunters in Maine. The HSUS apparently thought ballot proposal would be a slam dunk, but a September poll by Zogby International found widespread opposition to the proposal.
In a poll of 400 likely Maine voters, 52 percent said they would vote against the ban compared to 35 percent who said they would vote for the ban. Fourteen percent of those surveyed by Zogby said they remained undecided.
HSUS CEO Wayne Pacelle suggested the poll was simply wrong since polls done by HSUS in 2001 and 2003 in Maine found solid majorities in favor of a ban on bear baiting. Pacelle told the Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram, which paid for the poll,
I’ve helped oversee 20 (state) ballot measures across the country and I wouldn’t see (such a change) in advance of the campaign advertisements.
However, an early October poll by Strategic Marketing Services comissioned by the newspaper produced similar results — 50 percent opposed to the measure, 33 percent in support and 17 percent undecided.
The full text of the proposed ban can be read here.
Opposition to tax cap increases, poll finds . Portland Press Herald, October 6, 2004.
Activists surprised by views on bear hunt. Dierdre Fleming, Portland Press Herald, September 12, 2004.