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Rush Limbaugh supports Humane Society of the United States with PSA recordings

Rush Limbaugh speaks at the National Association of Broadcasters in 2003. Combative conservative talk-radio star Rush Limbaugh may not be a fan of squirrels, but he's working with the Humane Society of the United States to help other -- non-rodent --  animals through a series of public service announcements recently posted on the group's website.

Surprised?  We were, too.  After all, we're talking about the same man who introduced the topic of a squirrel-detonating device called the Rodenator thusly:

For you animal rights activists and lovers out there, I want you to try this on for size.  This is a story from Spokane, Washington.  They're having a problem with too many ground squirrels at the Finch Arboretum.  I've never seen this word.  A-r-b-o-r-e-t-u-m, what the hell is an arboretum?  The name for a park, is that what it is?  The Finch Arboretum.  Okay.

Rodent-related feelings aside, it turns out Limbaugh has a beloved cat named Punkin and is supportive of animal welfare causes, including the Humane Society's anti-dogfighting campaign, which is the focus of one of the recorded spots. In another spot, he discusses the connection between religion and animals, reaching out to religious communities to promote the "faithful stewardship of animals." 

"The animal protection movement should never confine itself to the Left or the Right in American politics. Opposition to cruelty and the embrace of the human-animal bond are universal values," Humane Society president and chief executive Wayne Pacelle writes on his blog.  Pacelle says the Humane Society's  aims are "in step with those of all good people" regardless of political persuasion, noting the group has received praise from pundits and columnists as ideologically diverse as conservative commentator George Will and New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof

Not everyone seems as willing as Pacelle to accept Limbaugh into the fold, however.  "If you love animals, you may shockingly have something in common with Rush Limbaugh. If you love humans too — don't worry, he's still your polar opposite," writes environmental blog Ecorazzi.

Hear Limbaugh's PSA recordings after the jump.

--Lindsay Barnett

Photo: Limbaugh speaks at the National Association of Broadcasters in 2003. Credit: William Thomas Cain/Getty Images.

Videos: HSUS

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I wonder how Limbaugh's sponsors at Allen Brothers steak feel about him lending credibility to the richer brother of PETA. This can't be good for business.

While it's encouraging that Limbaugh actually has a socially redeeming side to him, using the Republican Matthew Scully as an example of an animal lover is a bit hypocritical. After all, Scully wrote the RNC speech for Sarah Palin, who supports anti-animal activiities like shooting wolves from the air and hunting, among others.

The HSUS is NOT an animal welfare organization, they are an animal rights organization and the biggest enemy of American agriculture in the country. If Rush Limbaugh had researched them he would know he is now contributing to the demise of the entire livestock producing industry - the agenda of the HSUS. Their 2006 tax return on their website shows they took in $100,000,000 (that is a hundred MILLION) dollars that year and gave less than 2% to animal shelters and humane socities. The are the biggest anti agriculture lobby in existence. Wake up, Rush.

Thank you, Rush, for speaking up for dogs!

Animal protection is a mainstream value and I'm glad Rush Limbaugh recorded these PSAs to promote the compassionate, humane treatment of animals. Charges that the HSUS is "anti agriculture" are paranoid and way off base. For more information, check out www.humanesociety.org.

I think that this partnership is absolutely fantastic. Rush is able to reach a new audience and introduce many of them to issues they may know little about or have really put too much thought into. While some may not like this match, I think it's important to focus on the positive aspect of this and be happy that even someone who you might never expected to have compassion for animals, does!

Terry M should check his facts before he slings mud. THe HSUS is not anti-agriculture. It does promote humane treatment of fram animals.

I don't care if he likes animals or not, he is a filthy scumbag that ONLY animals would tolerate living with him. So say what you will about his love of animals, He is a bigoted racist that hates just about everyone except radical, right-wing extremists. And, just the thought of him getting ANY kind of recognition in your paper makes me ill. Jeffrey Dommer likes animals too, but would you give HIM the time of day in your paper?

Sadam Hussein loved animals too! And, Rush Limbaugh deserves to be in the same category! He is a hate monger and only likes other REDNECK Bigots like himself. He lives alone and animals love unconditionally so no wonder he likes them! NO ONE with his hatred should be given the time of day in your paper for ANY reason!!!

HSUS (The Humane Society of the United States) is nothing more than a domestic terrorist group extorting money out of people thinking donations are going to the cute dogs and cats they plaster all over their fund raising mailers. HSUS and Wayne Pacelle only want a vegan America with no pets, period. Look at their 2007 IRS tax returns posted on their site. They spent more on staff travel expenses than local humane societies, shelters, animal rescues, etc. Less than 4 cents of every donation dollar goes to hands-on animal care. Get the facts, look at their tax return (posted on their web site), and then decide where your money should be donated if you want to help animals. Rush made a deal with the devil! Thank you.

Rather interesting. Has few times re-read for this purpose to remember. Thanks for interesting article. Waiting for trackback


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