This news just keeps coming out on the scams which the Humane Society US perpetrates. Of course, they don’t own a single dog, cat, or pet shelter where these are up for adoption. Meanwhile they are lobbying Congress and are under RICO investigation for fraud. Fascinating stuff to anyone who really cares for animal welfare or makes their living from it.
Here’s some interesting articles and videos, all recent -
New poll shows public unaware HSUS doesn’t operate a single pet shelter
A new national poll shows that 71 percent of Americans, enticed by TV commercials featuring stray cats and dogs, think HSUS is an umbrella group for local humane societies all over the United States. (It isn’t.) Nearly 60 percent of us believe HSUS gives most of its money to needy dog and cat shelters. (It doesn’t.)
In 2008, HSUS gave less than one-half of 1 percent of its operating budget to hands-on pet shelters. And the group doesn’t operate a single pet shelter of its own anywhere.
Where do all those doggie dollars go? Tens of millions are earmarked to support a bloated staff of lawyers and lobbyists, including $2.5 million just for the executive pension fund.
With more than 500 paid employees, HSUS wages expensive animal rights lobbying campaigns – the kind that aim to put meat and dairy farmers out of business, close down zoos and aquariums and allow lab rats to sue cancer researchers.
Charitable giving is one of the most important ways we affirm our collective goodness as a nation. But when ethically challenged groups betray the public’s trust through fraud or misdirection, they risk making us all too cynical to write that next check. Even if the charities we want to help truly deserve it.
Seventy-one percent of Americans questioned in a new opinion poll wrongly believe the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) is an “umbrella group” for America’s local humane societies. Sixty-three percent incorrectly think their local “humane society” is affiliated with HSUS. And fifty-nine percent falsely believe HSUS “contributes most of its money” to local organizations that care for cats and dogs.
The poll, which sampled the opinions of 1,008 Americans, was commissioned by the nonprofit Center for Consumer Freedom (CCF) and conducted by Opinion Research Corporation (ORC) of Princeton, New Jersey.
“These numbers indicate that Americans don’t really know what the Humane Society of the United States is all about,” said CCF Director of Research David Martosko. “HSUS intentionally uses those sad dogs and cats in its TV infomercials as props in an animal rights fundraising shell game. Meanwhile, thousands of American pet shelters are underfunded and struggling.” Martosko blogs about HSUS at www.HumaneWatch.org.
According to the federal income tax return filed by HSUS for the tax year 2008, less than one-half of one percent (0.5%) of the organization’s budget consisted of grants to hands-on pet shelters. HSUS does not run a single shelter for dogs or cats anywhere, and it is not affiliated with any local “humane society” organizations.
Martosko continued: “This poll indicates that most Americans think HSUS is a worthy charity. But very few Americans understand what HSUS really is—a super-rich lobbying group that puts more money into its executive pensions than in the hands of local humane societies.”
How HSUS liberated people’s money instead of animals
And here’s a video about how effective HSUS was in liberating peoples’ money rather than animals in Katrina:
Needless Puppy Mill Bill Proposed to get control over Missouri Farming
For us Missouri farmers active in animal husbandry (we probably raised most of the beef you ate this year), HSUS is trying to get into Missouri animal control by starting a nonsense campaign against illegal puppy mills, when we already have a good law on the books – and these mills are being found and handled every year already.
Here’s from National Institute of Canine Experts, a discussion of the HSUS law from last December:
Recently, a ballot initiative was filed in Missouri against our dog breeding industry. Called the “Puppy mill Cruelty Protection Act”, the measure does anything but protect animals. It virtually eliminates our freedom of choice to participate in the free enterprise system and enjoy animals, regardless of the state-of-the- art care they receive. Although the HSUS has targeted other states regarding agriculture and hunting interests, this is the first ballot initiative aimed specifically at dog owners and breeders. Missouri has been extremely strong in killing their proposed legislation at the state capitol since the early 1990’s, and because of that, they are planning to sway the public to vote for their measure in the November 2010 general election. They will stop at nothing to reach their goal.
They have awakened a sleeping giant and we are fighting back! The agriculture groups in Missouri have come together in a massive coalition to fight their proposal and have held numerous meetings to plan strategy. Our organization, MoFed (Missouri Federation of Animal Owners) has formed a PAC (Political Action Committee) to raise funds to fight the ballot initiative put forth by HSUS.
And here’s some recent news from the Missouri Farm Bureau – seems they’ve got a constitutional amendment in the works to preempt anything HSUS can foist on the public. From Brownfield Ag News Mar 21, 2010:
A proposed constitutional amendment has moved forward in the Missouri legislature that would protect livestock care practices in Missouri. A resolution passed the Missouri House last week. If it passes the senate, the measure would go before Missouri voters in the November general election.
CEO Parcelle hiring and speaking for terrorist groups
And here’s a good one, HSUS CEO Wayne Pacelle has lectured to terrorists groups and actually hired to his senior executive level from FBI-designated terrorist Animal Liberation Front. In this next video, HSUS is shown endorsing terrorist groups who commit violence against people who raise animals.
More details about HSUS RICO lawsuit
Remember they failed in attacking Ringling Bros. for how they cared for their elephants – and now are under investigation with some other animal “rights” groups under the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act? That’s the tip of the iceberg for their legal shenanigans. Per this March 15, 2010 NewTimes article:
In December, federal Judge Emmet Sullivan dismissed the activists’ 2000 elephant suit, ruling that the plaintiffs paid more than $190,000 to a former Ringling elephant “barn helper” in exchange for his completely unreliable testimony.
The judge wrote that the animal rights groups, including the anti-circus Fund for Animals (which is now part of HSUS), cleverly disguised their payola through a nonprofit “wildlife advocacy” charity founded and operated by their lawyers. (These lawyers now have to find their own defense attorneys to deal with the RICO lawsuit.)
The primary purpose of these payments, says Judge Sullivan, was “to keep (the witness) involved with the litigation.” Judges tend to frown on paying witnesses what amounts to a secret retainer.
Anyone who’s seen a People for Ethical Treatment of Animals protest up close will find it utterly unremarkable that animal activists would knowingly fudge the truth. But it’s telling that these groups would do just about anything — including buying themselves a federal court witness — to get their way.
The Ringling case (and its swift-justice RICO fallout) is just one piece of a disturbing trend of animal rights groups replacing public persuasion with courtroom strong-arm tactics.
Since the vegan firebrand Wayne Pacelle took the reins at HSUS in 2004, for instance, that organization has beefed-up its legal department 10-fold, from three lawyers to 30.
Why would the group behind those doe-eyed “save the puppies” TV infomercials need its own mid-sized law firm? Because its leaders aim to completely remove things like livestock, lab mice, and lambskin from society. One particularly efficient way to do that is to repeatedly sue your opponents.
In 2006, HSUS sued a New York duck farm that produced foie gras–not under an animal welfare law, but under the federal Clean Water Act.
HSUS isn’t an environmental group. What was going on?
The animal rights group’s lawyers acted as though they cared deeply about the water quality of the Hudson River. But HSUS had also sued New York’s Empire State Development Corp. to stop it from helping that same duck farm upgrade and expand its water treatment facilities.
Catch the irony? Playing both sides of the environmental lawsuit game was really just a convenient way to bankrupt the farm, one of only a handful like it in America.
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