Last night, HumaneWatch ran a commercial during the Oscars exposing the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS).
Why? Because the organization clearly cares more about money than animals.
After diving into their tax records, we‘ve found that only about one percent of the money the organization raises goes to local pet shelters. Meanwhile, HSUS executives earn lucrative salaries–including over $450,000 for the group’s CEO, Kitty Block.
The commercial calls on viewers to donate directly to local animal shelters, which are unaffiliated with the HSUS despite sharing “humane society” names. Indeed, HSUS doesn’t run a single pet shelter, nor does it serve as a national headquarters for humane societies.
Simply put, the Humane Society of the United States is a deceptive organization concerned more about fundraising opportunities than saving pets. CharityWatch, a top charity evaluator, gives HSUS a “D” grade for its inefficient spending.
Instead, the group spends millions to lobby for policies that would control what people eat. Speaking to an animal rights conference in 2006, HSUS’s vice president for farm animal issues stated that HSUS’s goal is to “get rid of the entire [animal agriculture] industry” and that “we don’t want any of these animals to be raised” for food.
So next time you’re considering helping save neglected animals, don’t be misled by the Humane Society of the United States. If you want your contributions to impact pet shelters, give locally.