HumaneWatch Blog

  • HSUS Solicitors Busted in Oklahoma

    The Humane Society of the United States isn’t affiliated with local humane societies, doesn’t run any pet shelters, and only gives 1% of the money it raises to local pet shelters to help them care for animals, according to its tax returns. We’ve seen many local humane societies try to clear up this confusion—but they don’t have a marketing budget of $50 million like HSUS, so it’s a tall task. Just look at one incident in Oklahoma last week—a state where the attorney general has clashed with HSUS.

  • “Scarface” Takes on HSUS

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    Mario Tabraue, likened to Scarface by federal agents, spent a dozen years in prison after raking in millions as a drug kingpin in Miami during the 1980s. Released in 2000, he’s now telling HSUS to say hello to his little friend: A lawsuit for defamation.

  • Video: Humane Society CEO Talks Radical Environmentalism

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    Our recent post on Wayne Pacelle’s “spiritual” side might have surprised some. But the truth is this strategy has been fermenting for decades.

  • Humane Society CEO: You’re a Sinner (Unless You’re Vegan)

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    Wayne Pacelle recently went on Oprah’s Super Soul Sunday, where the two talked about “one of the greatest spiritual issues of our time”—animal rights.

  • SEC Investigates HSUS-Funded Startup

    We wrote recently about a Bloomberg report alleging that Hampton Creek Foods, an HSUS-backed venture which makes vegan mayo and seeks generally to replace eggs, was secretly buying up its own product from supermarkets in order to inflate demand for the product, and then using these sales figures in pitches to would-be investors. Now Bloomberg reports that the Securities and Exchange Commission is investigating whether Hampton Creek broke the law:

  • HSUS Staffers Hobnob with Criminals and Terrorists

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    The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) likes to describe itself as “seeking a humane world for people and animals alike.” Okay, sounds great. But this claim loses all credibility when you look at the company HSUS keeps.

  • HSUS-Backed Vegan Startup Caught Committing Fraud?

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    Hampton Creek Foods (HCF), a company co-founded by HSUS food policy director Josh Balk and his pal Josh Tetrick, is aimed at eliminating the egg industry. But it appears the company’s sales data is just as fake as its vegan mayo.

  • HSUS Money Man Has History of Sexual Assault Complaints

    We’ve written before about Arthur E. Benjamin, a man who has helped raise $2.5 million for the Humane Society of the United States, who sat on HSUS’s National Council for four years until last year, and who apparently enjoys hobnobbing at HSUS’s glitzy galas. ATI, a for-profit education company that Benjamin founded, had been in hot water, agreeing to pay $3.7 million and later filing for bankruptcy after it was sued by the U.S. Department of Justice for allegedly defrauding the government of millions of dollars in education grants. (The company did not admit wrongdoing.) ATI’s then interim CEO told the press that “all of the alleged misconduct at ATI happened under the leadership of Arthur Benjamin.”

  • HSUS CEO’s Dark, Anti-People Streak

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    Wayne Pacelle, CEO of the Humane Society of the United States, wants you to believe he’s on your side—a pet lover and a guy who just wants to improve lives for animals. It’s important that you think that, because it makes it easier for him to extract money from you—money that he can then send to offshore funds in the Caribbean instead of using it to help animals.