HSUS: The Dog Shelter People?
May 16, 2011
By Keith Wood
Humane Society of the United States are the dog shelter people, right? They spend all their time fighting for defenseless critters.
HSUS, the group that bombards the airwaves with disturbing images of abused dogs and cats, contributes less than one percent of its budget to animal shelters. According to Humane Watch, in 2009 HSUS raised $121,725,153 in 2009 and gave less than $1 million to hands-on pet shelters. The year before was even worse, with less than one-half of one percent of their budget going to shelters.
So what are they doing with all of that money they raise via their celebrity spokespeople? Besides salaries that would make an NRA employee jump for joy and more tv commercials than Geico, they spend lots of it fighting to put farmers out of business and to chase hunters out of the woods. Wayne Pacelle, HSUS‘ CEO put it to us straight: "We are going to use the ballot box and the democratic process to stop all hunting in the United States ... We will take it species by species until all hunting is stopped in California. Then we will take it state by state.”
Nice, how about this one from Pacelle: “If we could shut down all sport hunting in a moment, we would."
Clearly, HSUS takes advantage of a clever name to mislead potential donors- it’s working. In a recent CNN poll, 71% of participants thought that HSUS is an umbrella group that represents thousands of local humane societies all across America. This is, of course, not the case.
But they love pets, right?
Truth in advertising? Bullshoot...