A national non-profit watchdog organization has published full-page ads in two major national newspapers blasting the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) for giving less than one percent of its annual donations to animal shelters.
The Center for Consumer Freedom (CCF), an organization of consumers, businesses and foundations, ran the ads May 17 in the New York Times and the Washington DC edition of the Wall Street Journal.
A recent poll by the Opinion Research Corporation found that 59 percent of Americans wrongly believe the HSUS contributes most of its money to local animal shelters.
However, according to 2008 records, the organization actually contributed less than one half of one percent to such groups.
CCF Research Director David Martosko said that makes HSUS "a humane society in name only."
"The Humane Society of the United States raises tens of millions of dollars annually from Americans who believe their donations filter down to local pet shelters, directly improving the lives of dogs and cats," Martosko said.
"But instead, their donations support a huge staff of lawyers and lobbyists, bloated executive pension plans, exorbitant fundraising expenses, and PETA-style propaganda campaigns. Animal lovers should
start holding the group to a higher standard."
The ad reads, "Surprised to learn that the Humane Society of the United States shares less than one percent of your donations with local pet shelters? The HSUS is NOT your local animal shelter. Don’t be fooled. Go to www.humanewatch.org."
HSUS is the primary funding source for the national Grey2K campaign against greyhound racing. American Greyhound Council (AGC) Communications Coordinator Gary Guccione said, "We’re not surprised by this information. If HSUS was really an animal welfare organization, it would be working constructively with us on greyhound adoption instead of spending hundreds of thousands of dollars on lobbying, playing politics and deceiving the public."