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

April 17, 2009 |  3:38 pm

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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