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Editorial Report: Perspective

Perspective: Animal rights group has infiltrated California Department of Fish and Game

BY BILL KARR/WON Staff WriterPublished: Oct 20, 2011

PLACERVILLE — In a plot as insidious as anything you've ever seen, the California Department of Fish and Game has gone into partnership with the largest anti-hunting group in the nation, the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS).


The DFG has been infiltrated by the world's largest anti-hunting group, HSUS, which is dedicated to outlawing hunting of all types, and is even now focusing on outlawing the raising and hunting of game birds, using dogs for hunting, and even having farm animals and household pets. They are now helping to fund the DFG, are being trained at the DFG warden training school, and are even teaching classes to DFG wardens.  


In began simply enough with a $5,000 donation to the DFG Game Wardens to help with feeding their canine program about 2 years ago. That in itself was enough to raise the ire of California sportsmen and women and outdoor groups. But that was also enough for HSUS to buy their way into the DFG's graces, and head Law Enforcement officer of the DFG, Nancy Foley, has now gone far beyond that in her association with HSUS.


HSUS "Law Enforcement Officers" are now being trained in the California DFG training Center in Paradise, Ca., and working under the auspices and authority of the California DFG. They are now, believe it or not, actually instructors training line officer DFG wardens!


If that's not enough, Jennifer Fearing, the California Senior State Director of HSUS was elected to the CalTIP Foundation Board of Directors at their last meeting on Oct. 6, 2011. The HSUS already has a Secret Witness Program for poaching with a standard reward of $2,500.  Is the DFG pleased? Apparently so: "This is the kind of support that we have needed for 30 years. Please be happy for the Wildlife Resource and the CalTIP Foundation….I am," said Charlie Moss, Chair of the CalTIP Foundation.


Imagine the "Got Meat" commercials hiring a vegan for their spokesman; or the fur industry asking for the endorsement of PETA. That's exactly the same thing as the California Department of Fish and Game accepting the nations largest anti-hunting organizations, Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), as a partner.


What is the Humane Society of the United States, exactly? First and foremost, they are not an animal "welfare" group, which is concerned about the health and well-being of animals. They are an extreme animal "rights" group, which believes that animals have equal rights to human beings.


HSUS spends millions of dollars annually to economically cripple meat and dairy producers, eliminate the use of animals in biomedical research labs, phase out pet breeding and to eliminate zoos and circus animal acts. They are against anyone having pets, even fish in aquariums. They demonize hunters as crazed lunatics, and are against any hunting in any form, despite its acceptance by the vast majority of people in the United States who are just fine with it, as long as it's done legally and with a sound scientific and biological base.


According to HSUS President, Wayne Pacelle, "We will see the end of wild animals in circus acts, and we're phasing out animals used in research. If we could shut down all sport hunting in a moment, we would." Pacelle carefully uses the word "sport" in all his diatribes, intending to convince people that hunters are only out for "sport," and that it has nothing to do with enjoyment, to help curb animal populations, and for the ultimate goal of putting meat on the table.


According to, the budget for HSUS in 2008 was $97 million. Of that, $27.5 million was spent on fundraising, $28.0 million on Campaigns, Litigation and Investigation, and $38 million on salaries. The remainder of their budget that year, about $5 million, was spent on travel. Zero dollars were spent on anything pertaining to the health and welfare of animals. In fact, their budget would be enough to fund every single animal shelter in the United States, and yet they don't own or operate a single one!


This is the organization that the California Department of Fish and Game has teamed up with, and Foley thinks it's just fine. In her own words, Foley said "We are again very grateful to the Humane Society of the United States for their support of the wardens' efforts to combat the increase in poaching. We look forward to continued collaboration on this issue." And now, HSUS has actual law enforcement officers here in California, trained at the DFG Training Center at Butte College in Paradise, and some of those officers are actual instructors, teaching DFG wardens!


How can someone who is hired by an animal-rights group, and believes animals have the same rights as humans, be teaching a Fish and Game enforcement officer? According to one attendee in one of the classes, the instructor showed a photo of hounds chasing a wild boar and said it was "animal cruelty." Until some in the class reminded the instructor that it was legal.


What the Humane Society of the United States has done here, is buy the Department of Fish and Game, and it's support, for a few thousands dollars. The DFG recently issued a news release that was headed "Department of Fish and Game and the Humane Society offer Reward for Mountain Lion poachers." That in itself is very troubling, that the DFG is lending its name and credibility to an animal-rights, anti-hunting group. What's worse, is that HSUS is given a form of credibility by that, when they are not at all a credible organization, at least not in the eyes of sportsmen and women.


Sportsmen should be afraid that there are actually HSUS law enforcement officers now in California, acting as "special investigators" under penal code section 830, and apparently under the auspices of the DFG.


The California Department of Fish and Game is a state agency responsible for the fish and wildlife of California, and is funded in great part by the sale of fishing and hunting licenses to sportsmen and women in California. They, and all Californians who believe that fish and wildlife should be managed by sound scientific and biological principles, should be infuriated that such an element as the Humane Society of the United States, who do not believe in such principles, should be associated with a state agency such as the DFG.


The partnership should end, and it should end now.



Western Outdoor News just broke a story that on its face is disgusting. The California Department of Fish and Game (DFG) has been infiltrated by the vehemently anti-hunting Humane Society of the United States (HSUS). For those unfamiliar with the HSUS, this organization is dedicated to outlawing all forms of hunting, the use of dogs in hunting, as well as, the possession of farm animals and pets.


The HSUS bought its way into the DFG with a $5,000 donation the California game wardens' canine program. Cash-strapped California has for years raided DFG coffers to pay for its non-wildlife programs and its political leaders have whipped the DFG bureaucrats so severely throughout their careers that they react much like the animals that the HSUS uses in its propaganda-cowering, trembling and desperate to escape the terror wrought upon them. Like the rest of this bankrupt state, the DFG is in a perpetual and frantic search for funds. So, it isn't much of a surprise to see them accept a pittance like some homeless beggar on the street.


In return, according to WON Staff Writer Bill Karr, HSUS so-called Law Enforcement Officers are now being trained at the DFG training center in Paradise, CA, and are working under the auspices and authority of the DFG. These HSUS supporters are actually training California game wardens right now.


Even more insidious, Jennifer Fearing, the California Senior State Director of HSUS has been elected to the CalTIP Foundation Board of Directors with the blessing of its chairman Charlie Moss. The CalTip Foundation is a part of the DFG that promotes the reporting of poachers to law enforcement. The HSUS has a Secret Witness Program that offers a $2,500 reward to reporters of poaching incidents.


Years ago my financial advisor admonished me, "Never underestimate the power of money."


The California Department of Fish and Game has willingly chosen to bed down with a pack of dogs bent on devouring it. It will be a blessing if it wakes up with only fleas.


The real tragedy is that California is blessed with the most diverse fish and wildlife resources in the nation. But, the corrupt politics of the state are ruining those resources.


I'm glad to be in Wyoming.

                                                                        Dave Campbell

                                                                        Via E-mail






The following was sent to DFG Director-appointee Chuck Bonham:


We are outraged to learn that the California DFG has formed a partnership with the Humane Society of the United States as reported by Bill Karr of Western Outdoor News on 10/21/11. This is absolutely absurd and must stop. What in the world is the DFG thinking?


We are notifying all of our readers about this travesty. We hope they clog your phone lines and email in boxes with complaints, and rightly so. This unholy alliance with this anti-hunting group – a group which actually believes animals have human rights, a group that openly advocates for the outlawing of hunting and a group that significantly falsifies its membership records – should be severed at once.


We look forward to your announcement that this relationship has been severed and that those responsible for creating it have been severely reprimanded.

                                                                         Frank Galusha






Reading your article about DFG accepting money from HSUS and what the partnership seems to have involved is very concerning to me, as it should be from everyone who buys a fishing or hunting license in this state.


This is probably just a drop in the bucket of what will happen in the future. All license holders should stand tall and send letters to our new DFG director, who I understand is not the most qualified for that position.


Also we should ask for the resignation of Nancy Foley, who was the first to accept money from them. Our organization, California Inland Fisheries Foundation (CIFFI),which spearheaded the statewide planting of kokanee starting in 1992, has donated much money to help the fish hatcheries raise kokanee for the anglers of California.


Without our support, there would be no kokanee in California. I am sure all our members will stand behind any efforts you can put forth to rid California of programs like HSUS.

                                                                        Rod Browning  

                                                                        Chairman of the Board  



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