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December 20, 2010

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December 20, 2010

HSUS is great -- if you believe that all people should be vegans (ie - nothing in the diet comes form an animal or animal product) and don't mind the fact that they don't think anyone should own a pet.

"We have no problem with the extinction of domestic animals. They are creations of
human selective breeding" -- Wayne Pacelle, HSUS CEO, from Animal People News. No domestic animals means not only no meat, eggs, cheese, milk, wool etc., but also no service dogs, police dogs, bomb-sniffing dogs, seeing eye dogs, dogs for the hearing impaired...the list goes on.

The HSUS is currently under investigation for tax fraud. In 2008, their assets totaled about $162 million. Their operating budget about$99 million. Of that, only about $455 thousand went to helping animals, $27 million went to fund raising, the rest to salaries, pensions and lobbying. That's less than one-half of one percent that actually went to helping animals. These figures are public record.

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I am a veterinarian. I've worked in a number of animal shelters over the years. I have never known of any local shelter to receive any aid from HSUS. In the wake of Hurricane Katrina, HSUS collected $37 million supposedly to help the animal victims of that disaster. Less than $7 million could be accounted for. The LA attorney general launched an 18 month investigation. Only then did HSUS agree to build a shelter in LA

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

See it disbanded, or at least be honest in their true goals.

December 15, 2010

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December 15, 2010

The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) is by far the most active and effective animal protection organization out there. Not only do they work to improve the welfare of companion animals (i.e. dogs and cats) but they also fight to end seal and whale slaughter, exploitation of wild animals, and they are the leading organization that fights to improve the treatment of farm animals. They are regularly under attack by faux consumer groups -- as in the Center for Consumer Freedom and Humanewatch -- but they are not deterred. For more on who's behind these attacks, one needs only to look at the money behind CCF and Humanewatch -- money from factory farming corporations, commercial dog breeders (see puppy mills), furriers, and others who profit from the exploitation or abuse of animals. I support the HSUS with my values and my money. I know exactly what work they do, as I get frequent emails and newsletters and read their publication. HSUS is the organization to support if you are concerned about the welfare of all animals!

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Animal welfare laws that have been changed thanks to the HSUS and its supporters.

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I am very happy with how this organization operates. I have met many of the leaders personally and am thankful that they have chosen to follow their passion and use their business skills for this wonderful organization.

December 14, 2010

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December 14, 2010

I have worked side by side with members of the Humane Society of the United States to help get Proposition 2 passed in Califonia, which would simply give pigs, an animal more intelligent as a dog, enough room to simply turn around before paying the ultimate price. The HSUS does so much for millions of animals, whether it's dogs in shelters getting help, puppy mills being forced to comply with basic standards, to trying to help end the barbaric seal hunt in Canada where baby seals are clubbed, often in front of their crying mothers. The HSUS is a very noble charity and does so much for animals, all animals.

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I dealt with many of the HSUS staff who are very dedicated to helping animals.

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I would want them to pass more propositions to help animals on factory farms, which are so very cruel.

December 13, 2010

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December 13, 2010

1) The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) is a “humane society” in name only. It isn’t affiliated with any hands-on “humane society” organizations, and it doesn’t operate a single pet shelter or pet adoption facility anywhere. During 2008, HSUS contributed barely $450,000— less than one-half of one percent of its budget—in grants to dog and cat shelters. By comparison, that same year it gave $2.25 million to a political campaign committee behind an anti-meat ballot initiative in California, and put $2.5 million into HSUS’s executive pension plan. HSUS is the wealthiest animal-rights lobbying organization on earth. It agitates for the same goals as PETA and other radical groups, but uses fewer naked interns.

2) Beginning on the day of NFL quarterback Michael Vick’s 2007 dogfighting indictment, HSUS raised money online with the false promise that it would “care for the dogs seized in the Michael Vick case.” The New York Times later reported that HSUS wasn’t caring for Vick’s dogs at all. And HSUS President Wayne Pacelle told the Times that his group urged government officials to “put down” (that is, kill) the dogs rather than adopt them out to suitable homes. HSUS later quietly altered its Internet fundraising pitch. Vick now gives HSUS “sponsored” speeches. And most of his dogs have been rehabilitated—without any help from HSUS.

3) HSUS’s senior management includes a former spokesman for the Animal Liberation Front (ALF), a criminal group designated as “terrorists” by the FBI. HSUS president Wayne Pacelle hired John “J.P.” Goodwin in 1997, the same year Goodwin described himself as “spokesperson for the ALF” while he fielded media calls in the wake of an ALF arson attack at a California veal processing plant. In 1997, when asked by reporters for a reaction to an ALF arson fire at a farmer’s feed co-op in Utah (which nearly killed a family sleeping on the premises), Goodwin replied, “We’re ecstatic.” That same year, Goodwin was arrested at a UC Davis protest celebrating the 10-year anniversary of an ALF arson at the university that caused $5 million in damage.

4) A 2008 Los Angeles Times investigation found that HSUS receives less than 12 percent of the money raised on its behalf by California telemarketers. Professional fundraisers keep the rest. If you exclude two campaigns run for HSUS by the “Builda-Bear Workshop” retail chain—which consisted of the sale of surplus stuffed animals (not really “fundraising”)—HSUS’s yield shrinks to just three percent. This is typical. In 2004, HSUS ran a telemarketing campaign in Connecticut with fundraisers who promised a return of “zero percent” of the proceeds. The campaign raised over $1.4 million. Not only did none of that money go to HSUS, but the group paid $175,000 for the telemarketing work. Similar filings exist in Massachusetts, New York, and other states. In 2008 HSUS collected more than $86 million in contributions, but spent more than $24 million on fundraising.

5) HSUS’s heavily promoted U.S. “boycott” of Canadian seafood—announced in 2005 as a protest against Canada’s annual seal hunt—is a phony exercise in media manipulation. A 2006 investigation found that 78 percent of the restaurants and seafood distributors described by HSUS as “boycotters” weren’t participating at all. Nearly two-thirds of them told surveyors they were completely unaware HSUS was using their names in connection with an international boycott campaign. Canada’s federal government is on record about this deception, saying: “Some animal rights groups have been misleading the public for years … it’s no surprise at all that the richest of them would mislead the public with a phony seafood boycott.” A documentary director also caught an HSUS film crew abusing a dying seal while they shot a 2007 fundraising video on the ice floes of Atlantic Canada.

6) HSUS raised $34 million in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, supposedly to help reunite lost pets with their owners. But comparatively little of that money was spent for its intended purpose. Louisiana’s Attorney General shuttered his 18-month-long investigation into where most of these millions went, shortly after HSUS announced its plan to contribute $600,000 toward the construction of an animal shelter on the grounds of a state prison. In 2009, Atlanta ABC affiliate WSB-TV reported that public disclosures of the disposition of the $34 million in Katrina-related donations added up to less than $7 million.

7) After gathering undercover video footage of improper animal handling at a Chino, CA slaughterhouse during November of 2007, HSUS sat on its video evidence for three months, even refusing to share it with the U.S. Department of Agriculture. HSUS’s Dr. Michael Greger may have perjured himself before Congress, testifying that the San Bernardino County (CA) District Attorney’s office asked the group “to hold on to the information while they completed their investigation.” The District Attorney’s office quickly denied that account, declaring that HSUS refused to make its undercover spy available to investigators if the USDA were present. Ultimately, HSUS chose to release its video footage at a politically opportune time, as it prepared to launch a livestock-related ballot campaign in California. Meanwhile, meat from the slaughterhouse continued to flow into the U.S. food supply for months.

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I've seen the results of the anti-pet legislation they have passed.

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Have them be upfront about where donations go, AND use more than they currently use (less than half of one percent of donations) to actually help animals.

November 18, 2010

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November 18, 2010

You are going to read a lot of reviews cut and pasted from the HSUS website about HSUS being the "largest" animal rights organization in the country. Wayne Pacelle alternately claims in writing that they have 11 million members, or 2 million members. They send out only 450,000 copies of the membership magazine. They are not anywhere as big an organization as they claim. HSUS runs not one single dog or cat shelter. Not one. And the vast majority of their fundraising claims to be for dogs and cats. Any time HSUS takes a large number of dogs and cats in one of its well publicized seizures, they dump those pets on local shelters and walk away the second the cameras are turned off. They give no money to care for the animals they just "seized." The heavily touted animal protection laws that HSUS talks about are mostly animal rights drivel, trying to overthrow or weaken existing laws as they did recently in several states, with a campaign of outright lies. Instead of putting their vast fortune into programs that have been proved to address the problems of homeless pets and abused animals, HSUS chooses instead to grandstand.

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I've seen this organization engage in fraudulent fundraising, questionable animal raids, showboating for the cameras while doing no hands on animal care, raising money to help puppies and kittens and then using that money to lobby against animal agriculture.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Fire the entire management team and put in its place animal welfare advocates.

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How likely are you to donate to this group again?

No

What specific problem, purpose, priority, or project prompted your gift?

Improving conditions for shelter dogs and cats.

Why did you make your donation at this time?

TV ad.

What would you tell others about this organization?

Do not give them a cent until they return to their original agenda of providing significant funds to hands-on animal shelters.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

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October 21, 2010

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October 21, 2010

Beginning on the day of NFL quarterback Michael Vick’s 2007 dogfighting indictment, HSUS raised money online with the false promise that it would “care for the dogs seized in the Michael Vick case.” The New York Times later reported that HSUS wasn’t caring for Vick’s dogs at all. And HSUS president Wayne Pacelle told the Times that his group recommended that government officials “put down” (that is, kill) the dogs rather than adopt them out to suitable homes. HSUS later quietly altered its Internet fundraising pitch. In December 2009, HSUS solicited for donations, sending out emails for donations http://action.humanesociety.org/site/MessageViewer?em_id=6805.0&dlv_id=9802 to help Faye (even though her name was spelled Fay), even though they never had Fay in their possession, and were not providing for any of her care. The organization caring for Fay contacted HSUS, and they finally donated a small amount for her care. Even though Fay didn’t survive, HSUS continues to troll for donations in Fay’s name https://secure.humanesociety.org/site/Donation2?idb=0&df_id=2762&2762.donation=form1&autologin=true&JServSessionIdr004=ca574p6cs4.app304a HSUS is currently under investigation by the IRS, and a lawsuit has been filed against them under the US Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) Act. http://humanewatch.org/index.php/documents/detail/racketeering_lawsuit_filed_against_hsus_and_its_lawyers/ Until he participated in an illegal raid, HSUS’s senior management included a former spokesman for the Animal Liberation Front (ALF), a criminal group designated as “terrorists” by the FBI. HSUS president Wayne Pacelle hired John “J.P.” Goodwin in 1997, the same year Goodwin described himself as “spokesperson for the ALF” while he fielded media calls in the wake of an ALF arson attack at a California veal processing plant. In 1997, when asked by reporters for a reaction to an ALF arson fire at a farmer’s feed co-op in Utah (which nearly killed a family sleeping on the premises), Goodwin replied, “We’re ecstatic.” That same year, Goodwin was arrested at a UC Davis protest celebrating the 10-year anniversary of an ALF arson at the university that caused $5 million in damage. And in 1998, Goodwin described himself publicly as a “former member of ALF.” According to a 2008 Los Angeles Times investigation, less than 12 percent of money raised for HSUS by California telemarketers actually ends up in HSUS’s bank account. The rest is kept by professional fundraisers. And if you exclude two campaigns run for HSUS by the “Build-a-Bear Workshop” retail chain, which consisted of the sale of surplus stuffed animals (not really “fundraising”), HSUS’s yield number shrinks to just 3 percent. Sadly, this appears typical. In 2004, HSUS ran a telemarketing campaign in Connecticut with fundraisers who promised to return a minimum of zero percent of the proceeds. The campaign raised over $1.4 million. Not only did absolutely none of that money go to HSUS, but the group paid $175,000 for the telemarketing work. Research shows that HSUS’s heavily promoted U.S. “boycott” of Canadian seafood—announced in 2005 as a protest against Canada’s annual seal hunt—is a phony exercise in media manipulation. A 2006 investigation found that 78 percent of the restaurants and seafood distributors described by HSUS as “boycotters” weren’t participating at all. Nearly two-thirds of them told surveyors they were completely unaware HSUS was using their names in connection with an international boycott campaign. Canada’s federal government is on record about this deception, saying: “Some animal rights groups have been misleading the public for years … it’s no surprise at all that the richest of them would mislead the public with a phony seafood boycott.” HSUS raised a reported $34 million in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, supposedly to help reunite lost pets with their owners. But comparatively little of that money was spent for its intended purpose. Louisiana’s Attorney General shuttered his 18-month-long investigation into where most of these millions went, shortly after HSUS announced its plan to contribute $600,000 toward the construction of an animal shelter on the grounds of a state prison. Public disclosures of the disposition of the $34 million in Katrina-related donations add up to less than $7 million. After gathering undercover video footage of improper animal handling at a Chino, CA slaughterhouse during November of 2007, HSUS sat on its video evidence for three months, even refusing to share it with the U.S. Department of Agriculture. HSUS’s Dr. Michael Greger testified before Congress that the San Bernardino County (CA) District Attorney’s office asked the group “to hold on to the information while they completed their investigation.” But the District Attorney’s office quickly denied that account, even declaring that HSUS refused to make its undercover spy available to investigators if the USDA were present at those meetings. Ultimately, HSUS chose to release its video footage at a more politically opportune time, as it prepared to launch a livestock-related ballot campaign in California. Meanwhile, meat from the slaughterhouse continued to flow into the U.S. food supply for months. I would never give another dime to this group.

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I've seen legislation they proposed for our state, seen how ambiguous it is, how it shows they have no real expertise with animals, they just want to dictate to others how to handle their animals, when others experienced in veterinary medicine and animal husbandry would be better equipped. They push legislation which is not helpful for the animals, and makes it harder for experienced animal owners to be good owners.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Have them spend their money actually helping animals instead of proposing draconian legislation.

August 7, 2010

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August 7, 2010

The HSUS should rightly be deemed a Political Action Committee, not a non-profit. Their sole aim is influencing legislation at the local, state and national level. Less that 1% of their considerable cash goes to directed aid animals in need.

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In my role as delegate to an animal welfare organization, I daily experience the wrong-headed and deliberate actions of HSUS that are intended to limit the rights of pet owners. I also see that they are very dishonest in their fund raising.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I would totally dissolve the organization, take their megabucks and use them to really help animals.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

I have enjoyed nothing.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Fanatics.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Eliminate the right to own pets.

Ways to make it better...

I had never met them.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

The fact that the leaders are insane fanatics and extremely dihonest.

One thing I'd also say is that...

very few people know the true agenda of HSUS--which is to dissolve the animal-human bond.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

August 7, 2010

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August 7, 2010

A great organization. Actually cares about the health and well-being of animals. Big argibu$ineSS has their pawns out against them, but it's really funny.

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the entire United States. They've helped countless animals, and prevented many unnecessary deaths. They educate the public about spaying and neutering to protect the well-being of the animals

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One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

July 28, 2010

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Review from Guidestar
July 28, 2010

HSUS attacks all farmers with reports such as The Darker Side of Dairy on Nightline earlier this year. They only show one side of farming, the minority who don't follow best practices while the majority of dairy farmers put the health and well-being of their animals above their own family. The dairy industry is struggling and HSUS is rejoicing because they aren't out to protect animals, but to put an end to farming as a whole.

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watching news reports

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When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

July 21, 2010

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July 21, 2010

The Humane Society of the United States is one of the most impactful and important organizations in the world. They spread a message of compassion and they work endlessly for those who do not hav a voice. They bring to light so many issues that people do not know even exists in regards to animal welfare. I admire HSUS immensely because they are fighting to change laws so that the lives of animals all over the US are changed forever.

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Although I am a vegan, I make sure to take make my family to IHOP or other places that have switched a certain percentage of their eggs to cage free. All of this has been done because of the consisten efforts of the HSUS.

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The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Awesome! Upbeat! Smart! Compassionate!

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

It could put money into getting signatures so that anti-confinement laws for farm animals could be passed in every single state!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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