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  • This “Charity” Has Stuck $100 Million into Caribbean Investments

    “Right now, millions of animals need you to stand up for them,” states the narrator of the Humane Society of the United States’ newest TV commercial. But if you donate to HSUS, your money will likely be put into offshore Caribbean hedge funds, not helping those animals.

    Since 2012, HSUS has made over $100 million in “investments” into the Caribbean. Here’s how it breaks down by year (data from HSUS’s tax returns):

    2012: $25,678,184

    2013: $26,000,000

    2014: $55,362,127

    That adds up to over $100 million since 2012 into places like Fir Tree International Value Fund in the Caymans and Hayman Capital Offshore Partners, L.P. in Bermuda. Even more startling is that the $55 million “invested” in 2014 represents half of the money HSUS raised from the public that year.

    Don’t you think some of those needy animals could use help right now? Help that the money could provide if it wasn’t sitting in offshore accounts? HSUS certainly does, in its advertising. But behind the scenes, its executives have other ideas—and HSUS donors don’t have a clue.

  • How Little Does the “Humane Society” Give to Pet Shelters in Your State?

    You’ve probably seen ads from the Humane Society of the United States: Slow, sad music and pictures of needy dogs and cats that your donation will help—supposedly. In reality, these ads are perpetuating a massive deception on animal lovers. Only 1% of the money raised by the Humane Society of the United States is given to local pet shelters, and HSUS runs zero pet shelters of its own. Despite calling itself a “humane society,” it is not related to the numerous humane societies in towns and counties across America. Thanks to name confusion and misleading ads, however, HSUS collects millions from unsuspecting donors and local shelters get shortchanged.

    How little of the money raised by HSUS goes to pet shelters in your state? Click the map below, which was made using data from HSUS’s tax return to determine the amount of grant money going to help local shelters care for pets. And if you’re wondering where the money does go, here’s a start: Over $100 million in Caribbean “investments,” a multimillion-dollar bribery lawsuit settlement, and a big fat paycheck for CEO Wayne Pacelle.

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  • Bosch Speeds Away from HSUS

    We recently brought attention to a “Stop the Roadkill” campaign of auto parts and engineering company Bosch encouraging people to be careful of hitting wildlife. Our concern was that the campaign featured the Humane Society of the United States and that Bosch might be financially supporting HSUS. So we encouraged readers to reach out and politely ask Bosch to say it isn’t so.

    And it isn’t, thankfully.

    We spoke with a Bosch representative, who said the campaign isn’t a real partnership. Bosch paid a small fee to use HSUS’s logo, but otherwise is giving no money to HSUS, and will not give any money to HSUS in the future.

    Works for us.

    Much like other companies that have partnered with HSUS, like Discover and Yellowtail—to say nothing of countless HSUS donors—it sounds like Bosch had no idea about the truth about HSUS. The execs definitely do now, thanks to readers taking time to educate them.

    It turns out, in fact, Bosch exemplifies legitimate philanthropy. The company is actually majority-owned by a charitable foundation (not stockholders), which means that most of the profits are given to the Red Cross and other causes. Given HSUS’s history of deception and scandal masquerading as charity, we’re glad to see the company won’t be supporting HSUS.