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12 Dec 2010 - Humane Society of the United States is NOT Involved in local Humane Societies. Learn the Difference!

Some of you have criticized me for my criticism of the Humane Society of the United States; I will quickly tell you this is a point on which you and I will never agree. I am critical of the HSUS because I think it asks for your financial contributions under false pretense and I thoroughly disagree with their stated goal of shutting down animal agriculture in the United States.

I am not alone in that criticism. A reader recently sent me an article from the Daily Nebraskan, the student voice of the campus of the University of Nebraska in Lincoln; the article was written by Jake Geis, who is a second year veterinary student. His story was headlined “Humane Society of the U.S. has Backward Priorities” and let me quote from the article...“Local humane societies are wonderful things, one of the more underappreciated organizations in America. They provide a second chance to many pets that otherwise would have been put down or left to starve. Unfortunately, the Humane Society of the United States is not one of these. It is NOT the national office of our local humane societies, but rather an activist organization whose main goal is to end animal agriculture, hunting and research.”

He points out that the $450,000.00 in grants the HSUS gave to animal shelters across the country in 2008 amounted to just one-half of 1 percent of the total budget of $99.7-million dollars. He said “HSUS gave absolutely zero dollars to Nebraska animal shelters between 2006 and 2008.”

In his article, he said the two main recipients of your contributions are campaigns to build the “National Rifle Association of animal rights groups” to shut down animal agriculture, and money committed to salaries and benefits for executives and staff of HSUS. “According to its 2009 IRS Form 990, the not-for profit group tax form, HSUS had a revenue of $101.6-million, and spent $35.8-million on salaries and benefits, $2.6-million on pensions and $22.3 million on advertising. Grants to actual humane societies were less than two percent.” I’m grateful to Jake Geis for his work in sharing the facts on HSUS.

The bottom line is this, if you want your dollars to go to pet and animal care, then contribute directly to your local animal shelter and know that your money will not be spent for other purposes.

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