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In late 2018 or early 2019, Joe Elmore will be stepping down from his position as Charleston Animal Society CEO.
Elmore was with the Charleston Animal Society for 6 years and in those 6 years, he managed to take the mission of CAS from saving animals and finding them a home to doing the work of radical animal activists organizations by attacking the carriage industry.
But what was is his reasoning for stepping down?
“My goal was to lead the organization out of crisis and bring the Board’s dream of the first No Kill Community in the Southeast to realization,” Elmore said. “Charleston County has been a No Kill Community for five full years now. Our fire is out; It’s time to fight fires elsewhere.”
Sure, Elmore has done some good work for the animals at the shelter, but he has also added carriage industry attacks to the CAS agenda as well. Ever seen those ridiculous “Just Say Neigh” billboards on I-26? Those were paid for and placed there by an organization with close ties to the CAS. We wonder how much money they could have put towards the animals in their care and resources for their facility instead of a ridiculous billboard?
While we’re on the topic of the carriage industry, did you know that carriage tours in Charleston have been operating under some of the highest standards in the country since 2007? Palmetto Carriage Works has been working closely with the City’s special study committee reviewing everything from weight restrictions to temperature standards. Palmetto Carriage Works has provided all available data from these studies to this committee. They take it very seriously.
Despite all of the facts, Joe Elmore used the Charleston Animal Society to spread misleading and false information that horses were falling due to exhaustion, overheating, dehydration, etc. His behavior is and was extremely alarming.
Now that Elmore will be out of the picture, we hope that CAS gets back to their mission of truly saving animals and not attacking another industry that cares just as much, if not more, about the animals in their care.