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Taking On HSUS and their Anti-Ag Agenda

Posted on February 25, 2010

Monday in the New York Times you will find a full page ad exploiting the negatives of the Humane Society of the United States paid for by the Center for Consumer Freedom.

The ad reads:

Shouldn’t the “Humane Society” do better?
The Humane Society of the United States is NOT your local animal shelter. In fact, it gives less than one-half of one percent of its $100 million budget to hands-on pet shelters.
Meanwhile, this wealthy animal rights group socked away over $2.5 million of Americans’ donations in its own pension plans.
Surprised? So were we. The dog-watchers need a watchdog. Join the discussion at

The ad explains that only one dollar out of every $200 donated actually go to animal shelters. A majority of HSUS dollars goes to lobbyists who take aim at extreme government regulation over agriculture.

HSUS is very well-known for taking advantage of people’s emotions by asking for financial donations during times of natural disaster or by showing sickly animals on a TV commercial.

“HSUS’s cable TV fundraising ads are full of images of dogs and cats in dire need of help,” said CCF Director of Research David Martosko. “HSUS donors should hold the organization to a much higher standard. Instead of spending millions on executive pensions, a bloated legal staff, and PETA-style propaganda campaigns, HSUS’s leaders should put their money where their mouth is.”

Other recent news of people fighting back against HSUS includes the Ringling Brothers Circus, who has filed a RICO (Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organization) Lawsuit against the group. Charges against the group include: bribery, obstruction of justice and money laundering.

“America’s farmers, ranchers, hunters, fishermen, research scientists, fashion designers, and restaurateurs have seen for decades how the animal rights movement can behave like a mobbed-up racket,” said Martosko. “But it’s still shocking to see the evidence laid out on paper. In a treble-damage lawsuit like this, a jury could actually do the humane thing and finally put HSUS out of business completely.”

More information on the lawsuit can be found at

“The new HumaneWatch website is the only place the public will be able to read this lawsuit,” Martosko added. “We’re publishing a treasure trove of information about the Humane Society of the United States, including lots of surprising documents that HSUS would rather remain hidden from its contributors.”

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