The Humane Society of the United States’ political arm endorsed Hillary Clinton last year, calling a Donald Trump administration a “threat to animals everywhere.” So why is HSUS CEO Wayne Pacelle now getting close to the very people he condemns? Pacelle visited the White House on Wednesday for a roundtable featuring himself, Trump advisor Kellyanne […]
While most of the country enjoys the temperate fall weather, snow has already fallen in many areas out west. Those looking for warm retreats as the weather cools are already looking at places in the Caribbean. We might suggest the Cayman Islands, where the Humane Society of the United States is keeping donor money tanned, rested, and ready—and away from the animals it is supposed to help.
According to HSUS’s most recent (2016) tax return, the organization has $51,469,167 sitting in “investments” in the Caribbean. In the past, HSUS has disclosed that these millions are sitting in specific funds in the Cayman Islands and Bermuda.
Meanwhile, HSUS continues to engage in predatory fundraising. The past few weeks have been replete with pleas from HSUS and its highly compensated CEO Wayne Pacelle, begging for donations to fund its disaster relief team. However, we’ve seen this script before. After Hurricane Sandy, HSUS raised several million dollars but only spent about one-third of what it raised on Sandy relief.
The rest might have made a nice addition to HSUS’s Cayman funds. Much like we suspect money raised after the three recent storms will end up. Read our report, “Looting in the Aftermath,” for more evidence of how HSUS exploits high-profile events.
The mass murder in Las Vegas has shocked the country. As investigators still try to figure out a motive, some public figures have questioned whether new gun control laws are justified or not. To some, asking these questions so soon after the tragedy is inappropriate; to others it is timely. It’s a delicate balance to take into account people’s feelings.
And then you have Wayne Pacelle, head of the Humane Society of the United States, who didn’t wait 24 hours following the tragedy before ham-handedly exploiting people’s emotions to try to sink a hunting bill in Congress.
The bill, called the SHARE Act, would expand hunting on federal lands, block federal bureaucrats from banning the use of common ammunition in hunting on federal lands, and relax rules for suppressors (which, unlike in Hollywood movies, only reduce noise by a few decibels; suppressed gunshots are still very loud).
Whether or not you like the bill, its provisions don’t have any relation to mass shootings. Yet Pacelle took to his blog and to CNN.com to breathlessly rant about the legislation and tie it to Vegas. “If you’re grieving about the mass murder in Las Vegas…” “As the smoke clears from Las Vegas…” And so on.
Merriam-Webster defines the word humane as “marked by compassion, sympathy, or consideration for humans or animals.” A humane leader would try to bring people together in this situation. By abusing a tragic situation before the burials have even taken place, Wayne Pacelle has shown he’s not fit for the word.