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Offline Shotgun

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9 Things You Don't Know About HSUS
« on: February 11, 2014, 04:38:08 PM »
 9 Things You Didn’t Know About HSUS, and should know.

1. The Humane Society of the United States scams Americans out of millions of dollars through manipulative and deceptive advertising. An analysis of HSUS’s TV fundraising appeals that ran between January 2009 and September 2011 determined that more than 85 percent of the animals shown were cats and dogs. However, HSUS doesn’t run a single pet shelter and only gives 1 percent of the money it raises to pet shelters, and it has spent millions on anti-farming and anti-hunting political campaigns.

2. HSUS receives poor charity-evaluation marks. CharityWatch (formerly the American Institute of Philanthropy) reissued HSUS’s “D” rating in December 2011, finding that HSUS spends as little as 49 percent of its budget on its programs. Additionally, the 2011 Animal People News Watchdog Report discovered that HSUS spends about 43 percent of its budget on overhead costs.

3. Six Members of Congress have called for a federal investigation of HSUS. In April 2011, six Congressmen wrote the IRS Inspector General showing concerns over HSUS’s attempts to influence public policy, which they believe has “brought into question [HSUS’s] tax-exempt 501(c)(3) status.”

4. HSUS regularly contributes more to its own pension plan than it does to pet shelters. An analysis of HSUS’s tax returns determined that HSUS funneled $16.3 million to its executive pension plan between 1998 and 2009—over $1 million more than HSUS gave to pet shelters during that period.

5. The pet sheltering community believes HSUS misleads Americans. According to a nationally representative poll of 400 animal shelters, rescues, and animal control agencies, 71 percent agree that “HSUS misleads people into thinking it is associated with local animal shelters.” Additionally, 79 percent agree that HSUS is “a good source of confusion for a lot of our donors.”

6. While it raises money with pictures of cats and dogs, HSUS has an anti-meat vegan agenda. Speaking to an animal rights conference in 2006, HSUS’s then vice president for farm animal issues stated that HSUS’s goal is to “get rid of the entire [animal agriculture] industry” and that “we don’t want any of these animals to be raised and killed.”

7. Given the massive size of its budget, HSUS does relatively little hands-on care for animals. While HSUS claims it provides direct care to more animals than any other animal protection group in the US, most of the “care” HSUS provides is in the form of spay-neuter assistance.  In fact, local groups that operate on considerably slimmer budgets, such as the Houston SPCA, provide direct care to just as many or more animals than HSUS does.

8. HSUS’s CEO has said that convicted dogfighting kingpin Michael Vick “would do a good job as a pet owner.” Following Vick’s release from prison, HSUS has helped “rehabilitate” Michael Vick’s public image. Of course, a $50,000 “grant” from the Philadelphia Eagles didn’t hurt.

9. 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 meat 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.”

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Re: 9 Things You Don't Know About HSUS
« Reply #1 on: February 12, 2014, 09:33:37 PM »
Shotgun, you are very right. I hunt with hounds and HSUS would like to see that done away with altogether, as well as the breeding of such dogs. I take good care of my dogs and hate to see any of them suffer, but their sad puppy and kitten commercials dont fool me :(
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Re: 9 Things You Don't Know About HSUS
« Reply #2 on: February 12, 2014, 09:47:14 PM »
Good information Shotgun.  Too many people don't know that the HSUS has nothing to do with their local humane society.

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Re: 9 Things You Don't Know About HSUS
« Reply #3 on: February 13, 2014, 04:26:56 AM »
   Someone needs to look out for the well being of animals, if not them, then who? Some people shouldn't have pets or animals of any kind, its sad to see.

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Re: 9 Things You Don't Know About HSUS
« Reply #4 on: February 13, 2014, 08:01:08 AM »
Thank you Shotgun for posting this, I have been involved in many things here to stop and educate people about them! Terry That's why there are Humane Societies and state agency's. HSUS does NOT look after ANIMALS only there own pockets, that is there main concern. I need to stop!!!
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Re: 9 Things You Don't Know About HSUS
« Reply #5 on: February 13, 2014, 09:05:35 AM »
thanks for the post shotgun,      david
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Re: 9 Things You Don't Know About HSUS
« Reply #6 on: February 13, 2014, 02:55:35 PM »
Good information; I passed it on to my buddy email list. Many thanks for the post.

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Re: 9 Things You Don't Know About HSUS
« Reply #7 on: February 13, 2014, 06:17:37 PM »
Good post. As a trapper, I've known about them for years. PETA with a better PR campaign.

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Re: 9 Things You Don't Know About HSUS
« Reply #8 on: February 13, 2014, 10:07:56 PM »
They, HSUS (or whatever name they've made up to make it sound like a local movement) will be on the ballot this fall here in Maine with another anti-hunting measure banning bear baiting, trapping and hounding.  They tried before ('06 maybe, I think ???) and lost, not sure what will happen this time around.  I'm not a huge fan of those hunting methods (course I don't like bear meat either  ;D) but I understand it's a management tool and don't think we should manage our wildlife through the ballot box.  My "NO" vote will be more directed at HSUS than the pros/cons of the actual measure.
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Re: 9 Things You Don't Know About HSUS
« Reply #9 on: February 13, 2014, 10:28:05 PM »
HSUS is very similar in style and method (and common sense) to the Sierra Club. IMO

But they both know very well how to woo others to get them to donate their money.
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