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Humane Society of the United States

It's a LOBBYING GROUP, not an animal-shelter provider!


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We support spaying and neutering your puppy when it is old enough. You might even choose to utilize your local Humane Society to help you with such health care for your pet.

But later, when you get a flyer in the mail asking for your donation to help animals, look closely to see where the flyer came from!

Did you know that the "Humane Society" and the "Humane Society of the United States" are NOT the same organization? 

  • Your local Humane Society feeds and houses unwanted/lost pets and tries to find homes for them, educates pet owners, often offers low-cost pet health care, and provides humane euthanasia when necessary.

  • The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) is a lobbying group that spends a HUGE amount of dollars lobbying governmental institutions every year, paying for lavish fundraising and celebrity endorsement, and paying their executive officers. Many of their higher-up members have freakish goals such as a forced vegan society for everyone and a country where NO animals could be kept as pets. They use pictures and slogans that make it appear that they are supporting animals in need of care, but instead, they are a lobbying group that spends the vast majority of their money on advertising, salaries, etc. There are many sites on the 'net that have collected quotes from higher-ups in HSUS:
    Read Here 
    Or Here
    Or Here  
    Breakdown of their 2008 spending is now hidden (not online), unless you look hard on their web site, showing that only about 0.54% of their income was spent on shelters/caring for animals (Perspective: this would mean that for every $20.00 donated, only about eleven cents (11¢) was used to support shelter animals in 2008). Read this.

    They are Masters of Deception in my opinion...please do not support them until you have researched what their goals are, and by that I don't mean by asking THEM what their goals are. You won't get the whole story from them!


  • I know this could make a few people mad at me, but I hope that the rest of you will donate to your LOCAL Humane Society (a real shelter), and not to the extreme beliefs of an organization such as HSUS that has some officers that seem to ultimately want to make eating meat and owning pets illegal.

HSUS Spending Breakdown Indicates Blatant Misleading Advertising

2008 Financial Information:

Per 2008 IRS tax return–Main focus Lobbyist Organization:

  • Employees (555) Compensation/Benefits $37,792,786. This is 84 times as much as they gave to hands-on dog/cat/pet shelters.
    Note: Over $10 mil more then 2007, Directors alone received $2,634,996;
  • Total fund raising expenses $24,215,236 (spent to raise more money...gifts, etc.)  This is 84 times as much as HSUS gave to hands-on dog/cat/pet shelters.
  • Professional fund raising fees $4,009,552;
  • Investment fees $2,447,392
  • Travel $5,368,401
  • Mailing costs $10,155,616. This is 22 times as much money as HSUS gave to hands-on dog/cat/pet shelters.
  • Payments to direct mail and telemarketing organizations $49,223,988. This is 109 times as much money as HSUS gave to hands-on dog/cat/pet shelters.
  • Support for organization outside US for animal welfare and education $591,621
  • There's more, but I'm conserving room.
  • Support to HSVMA for spay/neuter and vet training $2,934,315. Actual spay and neuter was only 7500 animals at $1.2 mil of that total
  • ONLY 1/2 of ONE PERCENT, OR  $450,000, WENT TO HANDS-ON PET CARE/SHELTERS THAT ARE CARING FOR AND SAVING PETS, yet their advertising is highly centered on this via their pictures and wording. They know that this is how to generate the dollars.

And this isn't new! Here is the 2006 breakdown:

2006 Tax Return: Return of organization exempt from income tax

  • $91.5 million Amount HSUS received from direct public support
  • $85.8 million Amount HSUS spent in Functional Expenses such as:
  • $17.8 million spent on mailing costs
  • $8.9 million spent on publications and campaigns
  • $3.7 million spent on travel costs
  • $127 million Amount HSUS has in stocks, and publicly traded securities.

One of my many issues with HSUS is that their propaganda makes it appear that your contributions help pets in need, while the majority of your donations actually go toward salaries, pensions, lobbying, and payment of celebrities and others. Of course, I despise many of their practices and beliefs...if they aren't stopped, it won't be long until companion animals (like the family dog) are illegal.

If you are considering donating to an organization to help animals, please donate to your local Humane Society or shelter, and not the HSUS (Humane Society of the United States), so your money will be appropriately spent...helping animals. The same is true for PETA...find out what their beliefs REALLY are, and not from their own propaganda.

HSUS and PETA Quotes and/or Beliefs

Under construction...there is so much out there that this will take a while!

HSUS Vice-President for Laboratory Animals John McArdle thinks that brain-dead humans should be substituted for animals in medical research. “It may take people a while to get used to the idea,” McArdle said, “but once they do the savings in animal lives will be substantial.” (source)

In October, just a few months before he became an HSUS staffer, Shapiro told the 2004 National Student Animal Rights Conference that “nothing is more important than promoting veganism.” (source)

Buried deep within HSUS’s website is a disclaimer noting that the group “is not affiliated with, nor is it a parent organization for, local humane societies, animal shelters, or animal care and control agencies. These are independent organizations … HSUS does not operate or have direct control over any animal shelter.  (source)

They even oppose using bug sprays to kill mosquitoes. [Expressing opposition to use of bug sprays] "Only a few of the million you kill would have bitten you." (Dr. Michael Fox, HSUS, Returning to Eden, Fox publication)

HSUS employees have complained to the press that their organization wastes its resources on fundraising expenses and high salaries for its chief executives. Robert Baker, an HSUS consultant and former chief investigator, told U.S. News & World Report: “The Humane Society should be worried about protecting animals from cruelty. It’s not doing that. The place is all about power and money.”   (source)

HSUS spreads propaganda in our schools. Through its National Association for Humane and Environmental Education, as well as a series of animal-rights-oriented publications, HSUS spreads animal-rights propaganda to schoolchildren as young as five.   (source)

John "JP" Goodwin, HSUS President: Regarding arson at a farmer’s feed co-op in Utah that caused almost $1 million in damage and could easily have killed a family sleeping on the premises, Goodwin told The Deseret News: “We’re ecstatic.”  “My goal is the abolition of all animal agriculture,” he has written to one Internet activist mailing list....this means no farms producing meats, eggs, milk, cheese...   (source)

Ingrid Newkirk, Executive Director of PeTA, has said:
"Even if animal research resulted in a cure for AIDS, we'd be against it."
(Vogue, Sept. 1989)
"I don't use the word 'pet.' I think it's specieist language. I prefer 'companion animal.' For one thing, we would no longer allow breeding ... as the surplus of cats and dogs declined, eventually companion animals would be phased out, and we would return to a more symbiotic relationship - enjoyment at a distance. (Harper's Magazine, Aug. 1988)
"The bottom line is that people don't have the right to manipulate or to breed dogs and cats ... If people want toys, they should buy inanimate objects. If they want companionship, they should seek it with their own kind. (Animals, May/June 1993)


If you are considering donating to an organization to help animals,
please donate to your
local Humane Society,
not the HSUS (Humane Society of the United States),
so your money will be appropriately spent...helping animals.
The same is true for PETA...find out what their beliefs REALLY are, and not from their own propaganda.

Want to Learn More?
Check Out HumaneWatch.org,
who keeps an eye on those lobbyists at the
Humane Society of the United States!





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