The Humane Society of the United States

Rating: 2.97 stars   342 reviews

Issues: Animals

Location: 2100 L Street, NW Washington DC 20037 USA

Mission: The Mission of The Humane Society of the United States is to create a humane and sustainable world for all animals, including people, through education, advocacy, and the promotion of respect and compassion.
Results: -We passed a bill in Congress making interstate dogfighting and cockfighting a federal felony -We worked with law enforcement agencies to bust abusive puppy mill operations -We continued to investigate and combat Canada’s gruesome hunt of Atlantic harp seals, and our boycott of Canadian seafood now has the support of more than 1,000 restaurants and food businesses and 300,000 individuals -We persuaded the National Institutes of Health to ban the new breeding of chimpanzees for research -We provided hands-on care to thousands of animals at our network of sanctuaries and wildlife centers -We responded to the wildfires in southern California, and helped save more than 1,000 animals—dogs, cats, horses, goats, and others -We passed the first bill in a state legislature to outlaw cruel confinement of farm animals when Oregon banned gestation crates for breeding pigs -Food industry leaders like Burger King, Wolfgang Puck, and Compass Group adopted ground-breaking humane reforms advanced by The HSUS -Our efforts persuaded leaders in the fashion industry such as Calvin Klein, Kenneth Cole, Tommy Hilfiger, and Foot Locker to go fur-free, and other designers and retailers such as Burlington Coat Factory to drastically reduce the amount of fur they sell -We passed two precedent-setting bills in the New York state legislature to require accurate labeling of all fur garments, and ban the electrocution of animals in fur factories -We passed state legislation in Illinois to ban horse slaughter -We continued passing laws to ban Internet hunting, with 34 states now prohibiting the practice -In Congress, we secured language in the Senate Interior Appropriations bill to stop the imports of polar bear trophies killed by sport hunters in the Arctic -We won court victories to protect endangered right whales from being harmed by fishing longlines, to stop invasive research on Steller sea lions, and to protect wolves and Canada lynx -Our Rural Area Veterinary Services (RAVS) program provided more than 30,000 medical treatments to animals in remote areas of the country often underserved by veterinarians -We helped pass 86 new animal protection laws in state legislatures in 2007, a record year
Target demographics: mostly women ages 40-50
Geographic areas served: USA and beyond
2014 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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Rating: 1 stars  

4 people found this review helpful

HSUS and it's defenders respond to criticism by accusing opponents of operating as fronts for animal torturers. I would argue that HSUS itself is a front for the dregs of the fundraising industry. HSUS has been much more than a client of it's multinational mail mills Quadriga Art and Market Development Group. HSUS has been deeply involved for decades in the overseas operations of both. Quadriga was at the center of a blistering CNN expose that led to a 2014 $25 million settlement with the New York Attorney General. Market Development Group has been exposed all over Europe for operating dozens of scam and even fake charities - 22 just in France alone.

HSUS donors need to know that Market Development Group's donor list division rents and sells the personal information of HSUS donors to some of the worst F rated "charities" in the country. MDG markets ELEVEN HSUS lists. MDG's list division is one of a very few that is not a member of the Direct Marketing Association. It has "no privacy policy." Huge red flags. If you give as little as $5 to HSUS or any of it's subsidiaries, your personal info will remain on the market for 60 months aka 5 years.

HSUS is run by predators and has been for decades. If only more people knew where HSUS donations really go, they could redirect their hard earned contributions and save the lives of our furry buddies.

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

Have HSUS's faux Hong Kong branch investigated. "The Humane Society of Hong Kong Ltd. has been listed on the HSUS tax returns for 12 years, while having no record of ever helping animals. The address listed in Hong Kong corresponds to a money processing office run completely by Market Development Group. Sounds criminal.

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Badly

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2009

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The Humane Society of the United States is not what it seems. **HSUS doesn’t run a single pet shelter** Despite the words “humane society” in its name, the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) isn’t affiliated with any community-based humane societies or other pet shelters. , According to HSUS’s 2008 tax return, less than half of one percent (0.5%) of HSUS budget consisted of grants to hands-on pet shelters. And in 2009, again according to HSUS’s the tax returns, less than one percent of HSUS’s budget (0.8%, to be exact) consisted of grants to shelters. Donations go to lobbyists for anti-pet, pro AR extremist agenda, and HSUS pension fund.

Get the facts. HSUS is not what it seems.

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I am a nationally known activist for animal welfare and human health issues. My work currently in bringing an end to commercial horse slaughter in North America brings me in contact with the efforts of The Humane Society of the United States and their opposition daily. From being personally involved in this conflict with the Agriculture Industry and fighting for exposure and education with the public, I have found that HSUS is currently being attacked by organizations intent upon spreading misinformation and lies in attempts to affect the funding, lobbying efforts and litigation effectively gained by this very worthwhile organization. HSUS was never set up to primarily support local shelters. They are the most effective advocacy, lobbying, litigation and enforcement agency for animals in the U.S. The work they have done to create and enforce legislation that protects animals from abuse, specifically in the Research and Agriculture fields is the reason why they are being attacked. Bottom line, to treat animals with respect, care and prevent abuse in these industries is much, much more expensive and HSUS does not let up. They are affecting these companies and corporations "bottom line" and that is why illegitimate organizations such as HumaneWatch exist. The fact they are being attacked is evidence of how effective they really are. The Ag Industry plays down and dirty. They make money off killing animals. Humane chemical euthanasia is the ONLY humane way to extinguish unwanted animal life on this planet. Slaughter is NOT humane euthanasia. Get an education yourself and research this very reputable and effective organization today. They are worth all of our support and encouragement.

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Very Well

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Life-changing

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Definitely

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2013

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I have met Wayne Pacelle of HSUS and attended several workshops and presentations by paid staff. I have discovered that their goal is the elimination of all domestic species. They present a case for ending the eating of meat that is not scientifically valid and they use their funds to push laws that do harm to animals in the long run. HIs goal is to control the food supply and to limit all Americans to a vegan diet by controlling access to the food supply. He gets around people by lying to them and pretending he cares about animals when in fact he has and has said so, no real attachment to animals. He pretends to make the lower amount of CEO's in his level of position, but what he does not say is that all of his living expenses are paid for by HSUS. He is a true con man and his goals for this country are not in the best interest of our farmers, our animals or our citizens who love their animals. In fact I would go so far as to say he is a danger to all species of animals including the human species because he is out for the power to destroy not build or save. He is interested only in what you can offer him in the way of control. He is a dangerous man and he has built a cult like staff around him all looking like ken and barbie dolls with these blank unseeing minds following his every word like zombies. They do not understand the nutritional needs of the human body, let alone what an infant needs nor do they understand how to care of any animal. They even put out a vegan dog food and a vegan cat food which is a slow death for these animals.

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I work at the HSUS Howard, and your comment is riddled with misinformation. Many of us, including our CEO, are pet owners, and share a bond with our animals, as well as others. We work to end animal cruelty, and that ranges from shutting down puppy mills to ending egregious forms of wildlife abuse. We are there for all animals, and that includes farm animals. That is why we work together with farmers and ranchers who treat their animals with compassion to stop cruelty to farm animals as well. I would like to assume most people will take your review with a grain of salt, since you're accusing people of being zombies, but I wanted to address the issues you raised for those that are curious.

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As a veterinarian, I know many people that have donated to HSUS who think their money is going to be distributed to local animal shelters. If you look at their tax returns you will see that less than .7% of their money goes back to any shelters. They do not own or operate any animal shelters. I have studied their website and followed them for years. Everything about them is designed deception to bring in money-primarily pet owners who love animals. Send your donations directly to you local shelters. They are 100% local and 100% volunteer and extremely underfunded.

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Somewhat badly

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The HSUS is very disappointing. They claim to be experts on animals but often know little to nothing. They harness the goodwill and expertise of those who do, but don't give them credit. They mislead the public on their true agenda -which is the elimination of all domestic animals. The purposely create division among others in animal care fields. In short they do little to help animals and lie about their true intentions.

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Badly

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A lot

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No

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2012

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It has been well documented that less than 3% of the donations received by HSUS actually go to helping animals. The rest goes to anti animal legislation and healthy paychecks to their employees. HSUS spends most of the donations it receives on things other than the actual care of animals. According to the Center for Consumer Freedom, after analyzing documents filed with the IRS, the HSUS collected $86 million in 2008 and — get this — gave only a half of 1 percent ($450,000) of that budget to the care of needy animals.

Furthermore, $20 million was allocated for legislation, litigation and campaigns. More than $24 million, which is 28 cents of every dollar received by HSUS, was spent on further fundraising!

Perhaps even more alarming is the fact that 41 HSUS employees were paid at least $100,000, and HSUS President Wayne Pacelle’s salary was more than $250,000.

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6 people found this review helpful

This is not a charity and their non profit status is being investigated by the US Gov't. Almost none of the money they raise goes to help animals. They raise money to try to eliminate all animal ownership. Virtually all of the animals that they do rescue are euthanized. They are nothing more than a political group.
Please remove them from this group.

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This group needs to be disbanded.

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Seeing as the leaders of the HSUS are being charged with racketeering, money laundering, and bribery and will likely serve prison time, maybe their employees will stop giving this group 5 star reviews. Here is a link to the article: http://www.sbsun.com/ci_21169780?fb_comment_id=fbc_10151133580557386_25480823_10151137220062386#f2c6fad6c8ixzz228locLv6

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Contrary to some articles and online posts, Ringling Bros. has not prevailed in a court case over its mistreatment of elephants in its circus. The court did not rule on the mistreatment of the elephants alleged by the animal welfare organizations and entered into evidence during the trial, ruling instead that the court lacked the power to hear the case because the organizations did not show that they had been damaged in a legal sense. The HSUS was not one the organizations filing the suit. The judge left unchecked the abusive training and control methods, such as the bullhook, typically utilized by circuses. A bullhook is a pointed spike with a hook at the end, which is used to poke, prod, strike and hit animals in order to "train" them -- all for a few moments of human amusement. Kenneth Feld, who is the CEO of Ringling Bros.’ parent company Feld Entertainment, admitted under oath that his employees strike elephants with bullhooks. There is growing momentum against the use of abusive methods to train elephants. A court in Los Angeles recently prohibited the use of bullhooks on elephants at the Los Angeles Zoo. And last fall, the U.S. Department of Agriculture hit Ringling Bros. with a $270,000 fine -- the largest penalty ever leveled under the federal Animal Welfare Act. The circus’ retaliatory countersuit, which dates back to 2007, is a civil action, and there are no “charges” and no law enforcement involvement at all. It’s simply one disgruntled corporation suing to silence its critics -- which is hardly a new or unexpected tactic. Feld Entertainment filed a grudge suit, and some very sloppy or ideologically slanted reporters have misstated the facts. We at The HSUS are proud of our work to end the abuse of animals wherever it occurs – whether on a puppy mill, a slaughter plant, a dogfighting operation, or anywhere else. Guidestar’s Philanthropedia experts have ranked The HSUS as the highest impact animal protection organization and we receive high ratings for charitable accountability from Charity Navigator and the Better Business Bureau.

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Both my wife and I have donated for years to the HSUS and specifically to its efforts in bettering the controls in factory farming. We have supported several of the organizations efforts toward education and legislative change. The effort we feel most dear to is their undercover investigations at meat processing facilities. We believe they have very rightfully earned our financial support and feel it is a worth while charity. Many who have written bad reviews of the organization simply are not educated to the reality that they are a more legislative/education society vs. a more hands on society such as the ASPCA. There is a distinct difference. Both types of organizations are justified and useful. the HSUS is more the former than the latter. The donator simply needs to do there homework and distribute their donations across the two types of organizations. In conclusion, we find the HSUS a worthy charity and will continue to support it.

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HSUS doesn't pretend to run local animal shelters. That is not their role. They are responsible for getting thousands of pro animal bills passed in local and national government so that the local animal shelters have some help and can take care of the animals that need them. Oh, and by the way, HSUS does run 5 of the largest animal (equine, wildlife) sanctuaries in the country.

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Life-changing

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