Update: Discover has dumped HSUS. Read more about it here.
We’ve launched a new site: BoycottHSUS.com. And we have our first campaign. The credit card company Discover recently started a new affinity card to benefit the deceptively named Humane Society of the United States. For every $100 someone with one of these cards spends, Discover will donate between 1 and 20 cents to HSUS. That may not seem like much, but Discover expects it will add up to slightly over $1 million. In fact, according to the contract, Discover paid HSUS $150,000 up front in advance royalty payments. And HSUS gets $100 from Discover for every person that signs up for the program from an HSUS communication and spends $100 within the first three months.
But where will that money go? Discover may not like the answer, and the company’s decision-makers should know the following:
- The Oklahoma Attorney General has opened an investigation of HSUS, issuing subpoenas in July.
- In May, HSUS paid up to $15.75 million to settle a federal RICO lawsuit alleging bribery and fraud.
- Charity Navigator revoked its rating of HSUS in June, replacing it with a “Donor Advisory.”
- HSUS gets a “C-minus” grade from the well-respected CharityWatch.
- HSUS has a radical agenda to put farmers out of business.
- HSUS only gives 1% of the money it raises to local pet shelters, despite its name and its ads full of dogs and cats.
Please visit BoycottHSUS.com and pledge to boycott Discover until it cancels its support for one of America’s most deceptive charities. And please share on Discover’s Facebook page to reach out to its 1.5 million followers. Until Discover affirms that it will either end (or not renew) its partnership with HSUS, it’s time to find another credit card company.