Tito’s Vodka has announced that donations from their 20th anniversary party in Austin, Texas, on April 7 would go to support the animal rights activists of the Humane Society of the U.S. (HSUS)—one of the world’s most virulent anti-hunting organizations.
The description of the HSUS on the Tito’s website is deceptive; it lauds its efforts to save and care for animals, but covers its efforts to end hunting by substituting “halt cruelty to wildlife” instead. HSUS spends millions on lobbying and political activities to end hunting, but less than one percent of its budget on animal shelters—less than it spends on its own pension plan. HSUS also opposed the amendment to the Texas Constitution protecting the right to hunt and fish, which passed by an extraordinary margin. HSUS exec and animal rights activist Wayne Pacelle has said, “If we could shut down all sport hunting in a moment, we would.”
In response, Lawrence Keane of the National Shooting Sports Foundation tweeted, “Hey @TitosVodka I am pouring my bottle down the drain bc of your support for anti-hunting HSUS Won’t buy u again.”