WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) was recognized Wednesday evening by the National Shooting Sports Foundation with the “Defender of America’s Hunting Heritage” award for bringing attention to the misleading fundraising tactics of the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS).
“I appreciate the National Shooting Sports Foundation for acknowledging my work in the Senate to protect the interests of Oklahomans,” Inhofe said. “I have been disappointed in the Humane Society of the United States’ performance, especially as of late, where in my committee the CEO, Wayne Pacelle, failed to be straight forward with the activities of his organization. HSUS operates as if they are in the business of caring for abandoned household pets, like dogs and cats, through local animal shelters, yet a tiny fraction of its raised funds actually goes towards their well-marked mission. In Oklahoma, HSUS raised over $1.7 million dollars from advertisements that ran after the Moore tornadoes in 2013, and only $110,000 went back to Oklahoma organizations. I am glad we are making waves in exposing this organization’s true activist interests and protecting hunting traditions that are practiced safely and enjoyed by many in Oklahoma."
“Sen. Inhofe deserves great credit for taking the opportunity afforded by the hearing on the Bipartisan Sportsmen’s Act to point out that HSUS clearly has a different agenda than they want the public to understand,” said Larry, Keane, NSSF senior vice president and general counsel. “While HSUS masquerades as an animal welfare organization, the group has as its ultimate goal the ending of all hunting nationwide. HSUS opposition to the Bipartisan Sportsmen’s Act is only one example. This radical group takes any opportunity it can find at the federal and state levels to diminish Americans’ opportunities to exercise their hunting traditions. We thank Sen. Inhofe for working to expose the ongoing duplicity of the Humane Society of the United States.”
The National Shooting Sports Foundation is the trade association for the firearms industry. NSSF has a membership of more than 12,000 manufacturers, distributors, firearms retailers, shooting ranges, sportsmen's organizations and publishers.