HumaneWatch Blog

  • Your Taxpayer Dollars Fund HSUS

    The $640 toilet seat bought by the Pentagon. The $7,600 coffee pot. The $37 screws. The annals of government waste run long.

  • How Much Did HSUS Spend on its CEO’s Book Tour?

    The Humane Society of the United States is a wasteful charity, spending more than half of its donors’ money on fundraising-related expenses last year, according to its tax return. It also appears that HSUS spent a pretty penny on a months-long, multi-city book tour for its CEO—whose book doesn’t even appear to have sold well at all. Donor money even was spent flying his wife around.

  • HSUS’s Zoo Deception Takes Center Stage

    Any good con relies on wooing the conned. It also relies on the sin of omission.

  • Humane Society of the U.S. Spends Over Half of Donations on Fundraising

    With the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) attempting to exploit Hurricane Harvey to fill its coffers, it’s a good time to take a look at its newest tax return to see how the group uses donor money. Spoiler alert: Poorly.

  • HSUS Slums it with Ex-Cons

    While the Humane Society of the United States claims to be a mainstream organization to the public-at-large, its continued participation in the annual Animal Rights National Conference shows its true intentions and motivations—and allies.

  • Want to Help Animals Affected by Hurricane Harvey? Be Careful.

    The pictures that emerged over the weekend of stranded animals in southeast Texas certainly pulled at our heartstrings. Along with all of the damage Hurricane Harvey has inflicted on humans, it has also impacted many dogs, cats, and other pets. But anyone moved to make a donation to help animals affected by the storm should think twice about giving to the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS).

  • HSUS and Other Radicals Conspire Behind Closed Doors at Detroit Zoo

    Humane Society of the United States CEO Wayne Pacelle has been playing defense. The Association of Zoos and Aquariums, the largest accrediting body of zoological institutions in the US, invited Pacelle to deliver a keynote address at its annual meeting next month, and the blowback has been significant. One zookeeper with 27 years’ experience  publicly slammed the invitation, saying that not a single zoo staffer he spoke with supported giving Pacelle a platform.

  • VIDEO: HSUS VP Endorses PETA’s Legal Efforts

    Earlier this month, we attended the Animal Rights 2017 Conference held in Alexandria, VA. This is an event for extremists; one of the main speakers was a convicted felon who urged–while receiving much applause–people to be even more radical. And though they label themselves as an “animal welfare” organization, the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) was right at home sitting on panels and giving speeches alongside these often violent and more transparent “animal liberation” organizations and individuals.

  • Anti-Zoo HSUS Exec Infiltrates Zoo Community

    We wrote recently about Humane Society of the United States CEO Wayne Pacelle speaking at next month’s annual meeting of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA). There are a handful of zoo and aquarium directors who have drank the PETA/HSUS Kool-Aid. But Pacelle’s invitation by executive director Dan Ashe has created significant concern among AZA members. Pacelle is on record saying he envisions a future without pets—”I don’t want to see another cat or dog born.” He and his followers are also no friends of those who keep animals in “prisons.”  Also troubling for the AZA is its tin ear regarding other invited speakers. We already mentioned the speaking slot (since vacated) given to HSUS staffer Jonathan Balcombe, who says, “If you apply my rule of thumb, then very few species of fishes can adequately be kept in a tank.” He claims, “Each fish is a unique individual…with a biography.” (Do they have their own resumes, too? Will A&E now profile important fish?) His mindset is one more example of the HSUS narrative that equates animals to human species.

  • HSUS Failures on Capitol Hill Mount

    This week a letter signed by several dozen Members of Congress—who are members of HSUS’s so-called Animal Protection Caucus—was sent to the House agriculture committee ranking members asking that HSUS-backed provisions be included in the 2018 Farm Bill. The request is quite telling—because it goes to show how little success HSUS has had over the past several years in getting its legislation through on its own.