Skip to content

Quotes from HSUS’s CEO about Banning Hunting



It seems HSUS isn’t having much luck with its ballot initiatives this year. It withdrew its initiative in Colorado, lost an initiative fight in Missouri, and then was outmaneuvered in Michigan. That leaves an initiative in Maine to restrict bear hunting—and HSUS is already showing its desperation, with its CEO Wayne Pacelle implying that he didn’t say about hunting what he…did say about hunting.

Recently, Pacelle while visiting Maine tried to deflect criticism by saying quotes attributed to him are Internet rumors:

Pacelle, however, is often described by the media as “anti-hunting” and was quoted by the Associated Press in 1991 as saying, “If we could shut down all sport hunting in a moment, we would.” He said this portrayal is an exaggeration.

“I think what we’ve seen is fabrication of quotes from me that someone puts on the Internet, and then somebody else sees and considers it gospel,” Pacelle said in response to the notion he is against all hunting. “Or they take comments completely out of context — and we’re talking about comments that are 25 to 30 years old to begin with.”

Who’s right? Well, we happen to have a scan of the article. See for yourself.

If Pacelle was misquoted, he should have called the AP and asked for a correction. But this isn’t the only quote from Pacelle on hunting. Pacelle has said he’s against hunting for food.

    — “Would you let people hunt for food if they did it respectfully?”

    —“Well, it’s a good question,” he [Pacelle] says, pondering what he’s about to say. “I think that I would campaign against it. Yes, I think that I would.”

And Pacelle has also ranted against hunters personally. In a 1988 essay titled “Animal Retribution?” Pacelle stated that hunters getting hurt by animals is a “rare instance of justice”:

As reported recently in The Washington Times, a hunter shot and wounded a passing Canada goose, but unexpectedly the plummeting bird turned kamikaze and slammed into the head of the hunter, knocking him out. Despite these rare instances of justice…

And then there is Pacelle’s statement in an essay, “Animals are no one’s property, and they have the right not be ‘taken,’ ‘harvested,’ or ‘culled’ or any other euphemism for murder that wildlife managers use.” Pacelle stated in the same essay, “I don’t love animals or think they are cute.”

It’s hard to take these quotes “out of context”—they are all quite clear.

In short, Wayne Pacelle has not just advocated against all hunting—including hunting for food—but he has said harvesting wild animals is “murder” and has also said that hunters being physically harmed is a form of “justice.” So when Pacelle tells the press that “I really want to assure hunters in Maine that we are not going to be seeking additional restrictions on hunting”—they need look no further than his résumé to judge his honesty.

More Stories

  • Walking In The Smokies stall deadline approaching

    The Walking In The Smokies Horse Show, scheduled for April 8-10, 2021, in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee is preparing for their first annual show and would like to send a reminder to anyone needing stalls that the deadline is March 15. Please contact Lexi Stinnett at 828-550-8520 to reserve stalls on the show grounds. Read More
  • Trainers' Show announces judges

    The Walking Horse Trainers’ Association National Trainers’ Show will be held at Calsonic Arena in Shelbyville, Tenn. March 18-20, 2021. Judges for the three-day event will be Wayne Dean, Newton Parks and Johnny Puckett. Read More
  • USDA prepares for 2021 show season

    The USDA recently conducted their virtual HIO training course for the 2021 show season. The USDA and industry recently received the final report from the National Academies of Sciences (NAS) and some of the recommendations in that report are communicated in the new processes the USDA will implement in 2021... Read More
  • WHOA hosts virtual awards ceremony

    On Saturday. February 20th, the Walking Horse Owners’ Association (WHOA) held their National High Point awards for 2020 on their WHOA Facebook page with winners who chose to be zooming in to accept their awards... Read More
  • WHOA to host virtual awards ceremony on February 20

    The Walking Horse Owners’ Association (WHOA) will recognize their award winners from the 2020 show season during a virtual awards ceremony on Saturday, February 20, 2021. The show will be broadcast live on WHOA’s Facebook page beginning at 6 pm central time. Read More
  • FAST Spring Showcase announces judging panel

    The FAST Spring Showcase is pleased to announce that John Fikes, Newton Parks and Sam Sorrell will judge this years’ two-day event. The show will be held at Calsonic Arena in Shelbyville, Tenn. April 16-17, 2021... Read More
  • Obituary – Kimberly Woods

    Kimberly Lynn Woods, age 47 departed this life on Sunday, February 14, 2021 at the University of Kentucky Medical Center in Lexington, Kentucky... Read More
  • WHAA annual barn party rescheduled due to inclement weather

    There will be a lot of great items to auction as well as breeding fees to some of the top stallions in the industry and training fees for many of the top trainers. Everyone is encouraged to bring your young horses to preview for the upcoming show season. Read More
  • Birth Announcement – William Jackson Bauer

    Dr. & Mrs. Will  Bauer of Gainesville, Georgia welcomed their first child, William Jackson Bauer, on December 4, 2020. Jack weighed 7 pounds, 2 ounces at birth... Read More
  • Equine Obituary – Master's Razzle and Jazz

    The Walking Horse Community and the Alan Riddley Family lost Master’s Razzle And Jazz, the reigning 2020 World Grand Champion, on Friday, February 5, 2021, due to complications of colic. Master’s Razzle And Jazz, affectionately known as “Lurch”, will forever be remembered by his gentle ways, powerful gait and his eye-catching presence. Read More