My Nonprofit Reviews
Review for The Humane Society of the United States, Washington, DC, USA
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.