HumaneWatch Blog

  • RICO Update: HSUS Affiliate May Be Financially Devastated

    The Humane Society of the United States and two of its in-house lawyers are being sued under federal anti-racketeering (RICO) laws. The lawsuit, brought by Ringling Bros. owner Feld Entertainment, alleges that a suit brought by animal rights groups over 10 years ago regarding the treatment of circus elephants was malicious and involved illegal witness payments and bribery. Heavy charges.

  • HSUS’s Office Features Our Work

    How do you know when you’re having an effect? When your opponent posts your stuff in its office.

  • Is HSUS Bad for the Environment?

    The US has 100 times more deer today than it did 100 years ago. That’s a good thing, whether you like wildlife watching or enjoy venison, but it has brought challenges, such as deer-car collisions, which damage property and can even kill people. But another challenge is environmental.

  • More Misleading HSUS Fundraising

    The Humane Society of the United States does not run a single pet shelter and gives only 1 percent of its money to local pet shelters. Despite the common misconceptions among the general public and HSUS’s own donors, HSUS claims that its fundraising isn’t deceptive. New documents cast doubt on that defense.

  • 13 Things You Didn’t Know About HSUS

    1) HSUS 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.

  • Will 91 Counts of Animal Cruelty Be Tossed Thanks to HSUS?

    In 2011 in Montana, local law enforcement seized 150-plus malamutes that were (ed.: allegedly) neglected and charged the owner with 91 counts of animal cruelty. Following a trial, he was convicted and sentenced to 30 years in prison, with 25 suspended.

  • Dog-Killer Mike Vick Signs with the Jets. Was HSUS His Reference?

    There was an understandable outcry in 2009 when, following Vick’s release from prison on convictions related to dogfighting, he signed with the Philadelphia Eagles. There was considerable concern when the Humane Society of the United States agreed to partner with Vick and rehab his public image. And there was even more consternation when Humane Society of the United CEO Wayne Pacelle told the press in 2010—after HSUS received $50,000 from the Eagles—that Vick “would do a good job as a pet owner.”

  • Who’s Propping Up HSUS’s Lobbying Arm?

    Humane Society of the United States CEO Wayne “I don’t love animals” Pacelle likes to complain about the supposedly “shadowy” money that supports campaigns critical of his organization. Maybe he should look in his own backyard.

  • HSUS Has Quietly Sent $26 Million to the Caribbean

    A sharp-eyed reader pointed us to something buried in HSUS’s latest tax return, covering the year 2012. On page 32, HSUS states that it made an “investment” total $25.7 million in the “Central American and the Caribbean” region. We went back to HSUS’s 2009, 2010, and 2011 tax returns. There were no reported investments of any kind abroad.