HumaneWatch Blog

  • New Parody Video: I’m PETA, and I’m HSUS

    Most Americans understand that PETA, with its lettuce bikinis and gross “unhappy meals” for kids, is a radical organization. Its president and co-founder Ingrid Newkirk has called pet ownership an “abysmal situation” and said, “Even if animal research resulted in a cure for AIDS, we’d be against it.” PETA also has killed 35,000 animals at its headquarters since 1998, according to animal custody records it files with the state of Virginia.

  • Rapid Reaction: Ringling’s Rollback

    Over the weekend news broke that Ringling Bros. is shutting down its circus in May, after a storied 146-year existence. This is obviously a loss for animal lovers who enjoyed the Big Top shows, as well as the company itself, which has been harassed for years by animal liberation extremists at the Humane Society of the United States and PETA. Ringling fought the good fight for years—even winning a $25.2 million settlement in litigation against HSUS and other activist groups—but the news that the circus is shutting down isn’t surprising. It was only a matter of time.

  • Maine Governor Slams HSUS Inhumanity

    Speaking Monday, Maine Gov. Paul LePage had some choice words for HSUS. Speaking at an agriculture event, LePage unleashed on HSUS for its hypocrisy in conducting farm investigations—while not reporting the results of the investigations in a timely manner.

  • Detroit Zoo CEO Aligns with PETA and HSUS—and Against Zoos

    Last month, Harvard’s “animal law” program hosted a two-day event on the federal Animal Welfare Act whereby activist lawyers plotted how they would change the law so that they could start a deluge of litigation against animal owners. The Harvard program is run by a former PETA lawyer and a former litigator for the Animal Legal Defense Fund (more PETA lawyers, essentially), so its agenda is exactly what you’d expect: Using the legal system to push animal liberation. But there was one speaker who, at first glance, would seem out of place: Detroit Zoo CEO Ron Kagan.

  • Say What? HSUS Claims $11 Million Bribery Settlement was a Win

    It’s been a rough end to the year for the Humane Society of the United States. We broke the news a few weeks back that HSUS laid off dozens of staffers in October and closed a wildlife center and, apparently, a horse rescue.

  • Charity Grinch: Humane Society Sends Money to Fundraisers Instead of Needy Pets

    The Humane Society of the United States doesn’t run a single pet shelter—despite using cats and dogs throughout its advertising. And if you’re wondering where the money does go, one answer is into other people’s pockets.

  • The “Humane Society of the U.S.” Hardly Cares for Any Animals in America

    The Humane Society of the United States, like an unfortunate number of large, bloated charities, wastes a lot of money that could be used for good. But the real crime might be in how the organization concocts talking points that make it seem otherwise. In fact, it appears that much of HSUS’s “hands-on care” consists of merely snipping street dogs’ testicles in foreign countries, to put it bluntly.

  • How’s HSUS Faring Post-Election?

    Today’s nomination of Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt to run the EPA must have the execs at the Humane Society of the United States fuming. Pruitt was no fan of HSUS, putting out a public consumer alert against HSUS and opening a well-deserved inquiry into HSUS’s deceptive fundraising. Pruitt’s inquiry was also the subject of some tough questions HSUS CEO Wayne Pacelle received from US Senator James Inhofe at a hearing last year. While the EPA and HSUS won’t cross paths too much, Pruitt’s going to have a nice, direct line to a President and other cabinet members.

  • These Activists Don’t Want You to Enjoy Turkey on Thanksgiving

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    Thanksgiving is truly a special time of the year. Family and friends get together to celebrate a delicious feast, football games, and holiday cheer. But this turkey-focused holiday drives some vegan animal rights activists over the edge.