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HSUS Board Retains Serial Predator CEO Wayne Pacelle Amidst Harassment Scandal

Is there no end to corruption and moral bankruptcy at the Humane Society of the United States?

Thursday evening news broke that HSUS board of directors would retain alleged sexual harasser Wayne Pacelle as CEO. Pacelle had been accused, among other things, of inviting a staffer to his hotel room and offering to masturbate in front of her and give her oral sex. The organization also used donor money to pay settlements to several women who were mistreated. Further, a Politico report highlighted that Pacelle pal Paul Shapiro was allowed to remain at HSUS as a vice president despite six women making complaints against him in 2016.

We’ve been educating people for years about the crookedness of HSUS and Pacelle, from Pacelle’s use of deceptive fundraising tactics to the organization paying an $11 million racketeering/bribery settlement to the organization’s high overhead to its giving only 1% of the money it raises to pet shelters. But a “Humane Society” whose CEO preys on women and whose board looks the other way is making it crystal clear that they don’t value humans—much less the animals they use to raise money from caring Americans.

Seven of the 31 board members resigned. Kudos to them, although the move now cements a board that values money over victims. (Pacelle implied to the Washington Post that if he left, donors loyal to him would leave as well.)

Here are the board members who did not resign, including some well-known people like Whole Foods CEO John Mackey. Why are these people supporting a known predator?

Jeffrey J. Arciniaco, Boca Raton, Florida

Eric L. Bernthal, Esq., Potomac, Maryland

Erika Brunson, West Hollywood, California

Jerry Cesak, La Jolla, California

Anita W. Coupe, Esq., Biddeford Pool, Maine

Neil B. Fang, Esq., CPA, Hewlett Neck, New York

Jane Greenspun Gale, Las Vegas, Nevada

Spencer Haber, Greenwich, Connecticut

Amanda Hearst, New York, New York

Cathy Kangas, New Canaan, Connecticut

Paula Kislak, D.V.M., Santa Barbara, California

Charles A. Laue, Leawood, Kansas

John Mackey, Austin, Texas

Mary I. Max, New York, New York

  1. Thomas McMillen, Washington, D.C.

Judy Ney, New York, New York

Sharon Lee Patrick, New York, New York

Margaret Perenchio Los Angeles, California

Marian G. Probst, New York, New York

Jonathan M. Ratner, Shaker Heights, Ohio

Joshua S. Reichert, Ph.D., Washington, D.C.

Walter J. Stewart, Esq., Lewes, Delaware

Jason Weiss, Pacific Palisades, California

David O. Wiebers, M.D., Overland Park, Kansas