The HSUS Conservative Advisory Council ensures that conservative perspectives are included in the conversation about animal welfare advocacy.
About the council
The HSUS Conservative Advisory Council includes leading conservatives from the fields of public policy, journalism, entertainment, academia, the faith community and other domains.
The Council seeks to engage individuals and organizations oriented toward conservative thinking to advocate on behalf of animal welfare, dispel common misconceptions about animal welfare and to advance the premise that a concern for animals and their well-being is an issue of universal importance to all people of conscience.
Council members play a central role in communicating and reinforcing the intersection between animal welfare and conservative thought, act as ambassadors for animal issues within their fields and provide support for conservative leaders and legislators taking a stand against animal cruelty.
The way we treat animals is a test of our moral compass; we are stewards of the Earth, and we have a responsibility to show compassion to animals over which we hold dominion. Pro-business conservatives, meanwhile, should support the protection of our natural capital as a pathway to the creation of wealth. Wildlife watching is a boon to local economies and gateway communities adjacent to national parklands, refuges, and preserves.
Allowing the wanton destruction of animal life depletes real dollars while disrupting the critical ecosystems that give these areas value in the first place. Internationally, wildlife trafficking has drawn the attention of criminal syndicates that use the blood trade to fill their coffers, causing great harm to our national security. Finally, conservatives should recognize their natural alliance with an emergent new economy built upon compassion toward animals. Big government stacks the deck against innovative entrepreneurs developing cruelty-free alternatives that benefit both people and animals.
A substantial and growing segment of consumers demand humanely sourced products. Increasingly, companies recognize that incorporating animal welfare into their supply chains will be rewarded in the marketplace. For every animal or wildlife-related conflict, there is a business opportunity for innovative entrepreneurs. Companies that excise cruelty from their business models will see the benefits in their bottom lines.
Government overreach extends to animals. The USDA oversees multi-billion dollar subsidies for factory farming operations, in contravention of free market principles. On the state level, agricultural interests lobby for unconstitutional measures to inoculate themselves against oversight, while going after states that attempt to enshrine their own meaningful animal welfare standards. Wildlife management provides examples of such corrupting influence, as well.