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July 19, 2010

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July 19, 2010

The HSUS is an amazing, precision organization. Its mission: to help animals of any kind, anywhere, whatever the reason. They don't ask if they should respond they respond in a clear, organized manner. They have helped pass legislation that benefits animals in nearly all fifty states; and they know how to negotiate a great deal (as just happened in Ohio). The unfortunate thing I see is that the Center for Consumer Freedom has put the HSUS in its range of fire because the HSUS is easily one of the most efficient and non-threatening animal welfare/rights organizations in the country, if not the world. I appreciate that the HSUS remains above the fray, and ensures that animals always come first. My name is Christa Turnell, and I am not associated with the Humane Society of the United States in any capacity.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the wake of Hurricane Katrina (I rescued an HSUS rescued dog), I have seen news reports about !&%^$! fighting rings being broken up, and have hoped for their success in trying to rescue animals hurt in the Gulf oil disaster.

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

Professional, devotion to animas

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

Great, compassionate, empathetic, hard-working and devoted to animals.

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

Do everything everyone outside the organization wants it to do. . .

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

July 19, 2010

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July 19, 2010

The HSUS is a fantastic organization that's earned its reputation as the most effective, most influential animal welfare advocate in the world. Unfortunately, that's placed them squarely in the crosshairs of industries that profit from animal cruelty. Puppy mills, inhumane factory farmers, irresponsible breeders, "sport" hunters, dogfighting fans, and other animal abusers have banded together behind an industry front group (deceptively named the Center for Consumer Freedom). CCF is waging a well-funded, aggressive campaign to discredit the HSUS with lies and misinformation. "HSUS wants to outlaw all pets, wants to force everybody to be vegan, wants to confiscate your grandmother's guide dog, etc." Don't fall for the smear campaign. The real motivation for the attack? 93 animal welfare laws passed in 2008, 53 anti-animal laws defeated, 18 major animal cruelty cases won, 57 raids on animal fighting rings assisted by the HSUS, 301 suspects arrested as a result of HSUS investigations, 2,649 abused animals confiscated, and 2,000 dogs saved from horrible puppy mills. And that's just a hint of what HSUS accomplishes *every year*. There's also shelter training and evaluation programs, wildlife sanctuaries, large-scale disaster rescues, no-cost veterinary care provided to underserved areas, animal care professional training, public awareness campaigns, Spay Day events, shelter adoption campaigns, rewards for tips leading to the arrest of dogfight rings, protection of endangered species, and so much more. My name is John Doppler Schiff, and I am not affiliated with the Humane Society of the United States, other than being an enthusiastic supporter and frequent donor. I invite you to explore the real facts at www.humanewatch.INFO, www.bermanexposed.org, and of course, www.hsus.org.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

rescue operations in California, the decrease in dogfighting activity in Los Angeles, and the results of public awareness campaigns nationwide.

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

increase fundraising efficiency and eliminate the use of telemarketers. It takes money to make money, especially in a depressed economy, but fundraising operations have room for improvement. This doesn't diminish my respect for an amazing charity!

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

its tremendously effective strategy of pursuing long-term change to eliminate animal cruelty.

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

without exception, motivated solely by their love for animals and concern for animal welfare.

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

continue to achieve amazing results in the reduction of animal cruelty.

Ways to make it better...

corporate animal abusers were not permitted to hide behind a phony charity (CCF) to attack the HSUS with a multi-million dollar smear campaign.

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

slanderous attacks from an "astroturfing" corporate front group, and the ignorance and malice of its followers.

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

opponents of HSUS are motivated by money. If you dig into the backgrounds of the most vocal supporters, you find bad breeders, factory farmers, rodeos, fast food companies, and other abusers. In HSUS, you'll find only devoted animal lovers.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

July 19, 2010

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July 19, 2010

The Humane Society of the United States is simply the most effective voice for animal welfare in the history of the US. Through its' sanctuaries, legislative actions, spay and neuter campaign, disaster response, information for shelters and other campaigns addressing whaling, seals and farm animal welfare, HSUS has positively impacted the lives of all animals.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

The campaign in Ohio to improve the lives of farm animals.

Ways to make it better...

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

none

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

Seeing the difference everyday they make in the lives of animals.

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

Enthusiastic and informed.

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

Improve the lives of so many more animals.

Ways to make it better...

I could have been more involved. This was due to conflicts with my job, not HSUS.

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

Fighting corporate interests like industrial agriculture, and puppy mill owners who have a lot of influence with politicians.

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

HSUS is under attack by corporate sponsored front groups like the CCF/Humanewatch paid attack groups. I hope people do their own research and don't fall for the lies that these front groups spew.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2000

July 17, 2010

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July 17, 2010

I am a HSUS National Disaster Animal Response Team Member and have been deployed several times to help in puppy mill rescues, cruelty investigations and seizures, and sheltering over 600 animals. I believe that HSUS does everything it can to help animals in the US and around the world. They have never claimed to be funding local shelters, they work NATIONALLY to cure the problems that lead to over population in local shelters. If you have looked at or even listened to the Humane Watcher's propaganda then you need to read the truth in the eyes of the animals I have help save!

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

many ways

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

July 11, 2010

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July 11, 2010

HSUS operates through extensive lobbying in Washington and backing by major corporations such as Bank of America. While HSUS may advocate a worthy agenda for companion animal welfare, this organization is extraordinarily ill-advised when it comes to the welfare of food animals. HSUS's extreme disregard for cooperation and communication with farmers, many veterinarians and the food animal industry as a whole is a hindrance to it's supposed goal of improving food animal welfare. This organization creates divisions rather than collaborations and is hurting its mission in the process.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

The unintended (or perhaps intended) consequences of food animal welfare legislation that has been sensationalized and promoted by HSUS are too vast to describe here, but I encourage readers to do some in-depth research on their own.

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

July 1, 2010

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July 1, 2010

HSUS has gotten a bad wrap from an organization called humanewatch.org, which is an affiliate of the Center for Consumer Watch. Take a look at this website to learn more about this supposed non-profit http://www.sourcewatch.org/index.php?title=Center_for_Consumer_Freedom. Also, check their profile in Guidestar. They are not what they seem to be but they are swaying a lot of animal advocates by discrediting HSUS. HSUS does wonderful work with lobbying for better animal care practices. Since these practices are not convenient to big industry, a man by the name of Berman created CFF and humanewatch to distract the public from the real truth. The truth of how these industries make animals suffer for their own profit...

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Legislative changes toward animal welfare.

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

June 8, 2010
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June 8, 2010
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HSUS is a lobbying organization. By their own admission they do not care for any of the puppies and kitties that appear in their ads asking for donations. Their antics in the wake of Hurricane Katrina are will known in the sheltering community - they were good for a photo op and not much else. This is a vegan, animal rights group that does very little to help actual animals.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

HSUS has raised money to allegedly help a certain animal or group of animals and then not send the animal's caretakers any of the money they raised. They are still using dogs who have since died in their current fundraising claiming they are alive/happy.

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

Change their advertising. Show no images of sad and injured animals. Show what they really do which is lobbying, and writing laws. I would more accurately show that they are an animal rights group - not interested in animal welfare so much.

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

Nothing.

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

Pretty useless.

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

It has far more than that. If it was willing to spend $10mil on actual animal care they could make a huge difference. They chose not to.

Ways to make it better...

They had been honest.

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

Lack of credibility.

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

They put far more money in their executive pension plans then they spend in day to day animal care.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2000

May 22, 2010

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May 22, 2010

The Humane Society of the United States is single best organization for helping animals on a grand scale. They take on the issues that are too large for individual shelters. Large scale investigations, training sessions, and legislative victories all go toward creating a better world for animals.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

numerous busts on puppy mills, abusive farms and slaughterhouses, outreach.

Ways to make it better...

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

not change a thing!

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

they always put animals first.

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

passionate and dedicated

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

help even more animals.

Ways to make it better...

more people supported them.

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

corporate interests that have deep pockets and are opposed to better conditions for animals.

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

the HSUS is the best thing going for animals, and everyone should be aware of the attempts to discredit them by industry front groups.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

May 20, 2010

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May 20, 2010

The HSUS is the largest and most effective animal welfare organization in this country. They work tirelessly to encourage pet adoption, end the abuse of dogs in puppy mills and fighting rings, improve conditions for farm animals, end inhumane hunting practices and so many other initiatives that protect the welfare of all animals. I am so very proud to be a supporter of the HSUS and encourage anyone I know to do the same.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the passage of numerous animal welfare initiatives that have improved the lives of millions of animals

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

May 20, 2010

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May 20, 2010

The HSUS is an incredible organization, with many of the most passionate, determined, intelligent, people I have ever met in my life. It is an honor to be a supporter. I cannot praise the HSUS enough for the work they do to save animals.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Yes, I speak from experience.

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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