In an interview with the San Diego Union last week, following our exposure of the association between the animal rights group, Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), and the California Department of Fish and Game, Jennifer Fearing of HSUS denied that HSUS is teaching DFG wardens.
Fearing told the reporter that she "denies that anyone affiliated with HSUS is attending the warden academy or teaching there." Jordan Traverso, spokeswoman for the DFG, said "the report regarding the anti-hunting group taking classes or teaching at the DFG’s warden academy is not true."
The fact is, HSUS employees are, indeed, teaching DFG wardens here in California, and did so in at least one instance on June 2, 2010.
According to HSUS' own website, Eric Sakach is the Senior Law Enforcement Specialist, Animal Rescue Team for HSUS, a member of the faculty at the California Humane Law Enforcement Academy and a POST course coordinator, and has "instructed thousands of humane and law enforcement personnel throughout the United States, Canada, and Brazil." He "served as a member of the Director's Advisory Committee on the Humane Care and Treatment of Wild Animals for the California Department of Fish & Game and was appointed by Sen. Dan McCorquodale to a special task force on the humane handling of captive wild animals in California in 1989."
This same Eric Sakach, under the auspices of the DFG Training Center at Butte College in Paradise, California, taught a course in "Animal Services, Illegal Animal Fighting Course," on June 2, 2010 to a class of law enforcement officers, including at least three California Department of Fish and Game wardens.
WON's source attended that class in Oakland, being taught by Sakach, and had conversations with the uniformed DFG wardens in attendance. That source said it was, in fact, the DFG wardens that reminded Sakach that using hounds for hunting wild pigs was legal, after Sakach suggested it was animal cruelty.
Who's signature is on the "Certificate of Completion" of that course? HSUS' own Eric Sakach, Sr. We have a copy in hand.
WON is also in possession of documents obtained from the California Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training that clearly list HSUS as a certified law enforcement training agency, and a web page that shows HSUS as being accedited out of the Butte College Academy, where the DFG warden academy is.
There is no question that the largest anti-hunting, animal-rights group in the nation is closely associated with the California Department of Fish and Game, and teaching DFG wardens, and the association must cease.