HSUS Donations Hard at Work (Enjoy the Faux Caviar)

The Humane Society of the United States gives only 1 penny of every dollar it raises to local animal shelters. So where does the money go? A lot of it is wasted on overhead—in short, plowing loads of money into simply raising more money.

Plenty of money is also spent wooing the rich and famous in Hollywood and others who hail from the elite. According to its tax return, events such as glitzy galas ended up running a net loss of $60,000 for HSUS in 2011. But that hasn’t stopped the group from thinking up new ways to hobnob with society’s elites while pet shelters struggle. One such event, “Veg Appetit,” was held at a swanky Los Angeles museum last week.

Considering HSUS’s goal is to get rid of meat, it was no surprise to see an assortment of fake animal products there. Guests could nosh on all sorts of expensive vegan treats, ranging from cashew “cheese” (which sells for about $20 a pound) to fake sausage (a more modest $9/pound) to fare prepared by chefs ($27 for the salmon at one’s restaurant).

There was even vegan “caviar.” We’ve seen it going online for $70 a pound. (That’s practically foie gras rates.) The stuff at the HSUS event, “Cavi-Art,” appears to go for even more—$20 for 100 grams at one retailer, or around $100 a pound. Not as expensive as actual caviar, perhaps, but that’s like saying a Ferrari isn’t as expensive as a Lamborghini.

It’s unclear what the cost of this particular event was, but we imagine the expense of operating HSUS’s posh Beverly Hills office (pictured above), with great responsibilities ranging from hosting cocktail parties to hooking up with hypocrites, is significant. But it’s hard to see how hobnobbing with a handful of celebs and chefs does much other than stroke some egos. It’s certainly not helping those needy dogs and cats in HSUS’s ads.

Posted on 06/27/2013 at 8:31 pm by Humane Watch Team.

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  • Donna Karson

    They should be ashamed. we know it can’t ALL go to the charity, but really one penny? Ugh.

  • MisterCadet

    I see that HSUS waited until the end of the legislative season to show their true colors. I mean, Pacelle and his posse aren’t opposed to eating meat or anything, they simply want to ban the cruelest practices. And to use actual cases of farm animal cruelty as tools for legislative lobbying in much the same way that anti-gun zealots tried and failed to exploit Adam Lanza to advance their agenda.

    This veggie celebrity group hug is what PETA does. At least PETA doesn’t pretend to support humane animal farming. And PETA activists would rather go naked than put on expensive suits and walk the halls of Congress, crafting legislation, making deals, and participating in politics to a degree that should be taxed – with Lois Lerner’s blessing (allegedly).

    • WORSEKarma

      Umm… You have that semi-reversed, and mostly wrong. H$U$ is PETA in a business suit. Wacky Wayne shares exactly the same anti-meat, anti-farming, anti-human/animal contact, anti-domestic animal psycho ideology as any/everyone in PETA, and at the management level the two organizations are literally interchangeable.

      Just exactly like PETA, the H$U$ wants to outlaw ALL human-animal contact, and facilitate the total extinction of ALL domestic animals through mass extermination.

      The main difference between PETA and the H$U$ is the latter has lots of money with which to doctor footage and create false allegations of animal abuse, because they have folks like you totally snowed.

      • MisterCadet

        What? Did you misread my sarcasm? Please reread my comment.

        I loathe HSUS and agree with your comments. I said that HSUS PRETENDS to support farmers, brazenly lying about their real goals in order to hoodwink legislators, donors, and the media. Wayne Pacelle and HSUS’s factory fundraisers will say anything to divert money away from shelters and legitimate animal charities. As a former member, I despise them even more than you do.

        Both Ingrid Newkirk and Wayne Pacelle want to see companion animals phased out – because they must eat other animals to survive! That is straight from the mouth of their mentor, Peter Singer Both Wayne and Ingrid Newkirk have expressed very similar sentiments. That was part of HSUS’s promotion of their vegan dog food, Humane Choice. It bombed and is now history.

        HSUS is more corrupt than PETA. It may be the greediest and most deceptive “charity” in the country.” I hope the IRS and state charity regulators nail them for their fraud and abuse. Clear enough?

  • Candy Tiley

    I loath the HSUS as well. At EVERY opportunity I bash them and expose them. I print the information that I recieve from HumaneWatch.org and leave it “conveniently” laying around the lounge at work. I’ve heard some lively conversations that have been generated between my co-workers after they have read these strategically placed articles. The HSUS as an organization stinks. In fact, I think I can smell it from here…