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Not Stupid; Just Misled

nodh.klmA recent poll by the Opinion Research Corporation revealed that seventy-one percent of Americans believe that the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) is an umbrella organization for local humane societies across the country. They’re wrong.

Further, sixty-eight percent believe that donations made to HSUS help to fund these humane shelters. They’re ninety-nine percent wrong.

HSUS, according to IRS filings, gives one percent of their budget to animal shelters, according to JoAnn Alumbaugh’s article in Dairy Herd Network.

Are all these people wrong because they are stupid, or are they being misled?

“The Humane Society of the United States is making money off of manipulating Americans,” said Will Coggin, senior research analyst at the Center for Consumer Freedom. “HSUS rakes in millions during the holiday season from Americans who believe their donations will go to pet shelters near them,” he continued. “Because HSUS siphons so much money out of local communities, there’s less to go around for local groups that save homeless pets.”

“HSUS has $200 million in the bank,” Coggins added, while “animal shelters…are struggling day in and day out to help save the lives of pets.”

A poll of four hundred animal rescue organizations found that eighty-one percent agreed that “fund raising by HSUS and the ASPCA makes it harder for my shelter to raise money,” and seventy-one percent agreed that “HSUS misleads people into thinking it is associated with local animal shelters.” The Connecticut Humane Society recently announced publicly that they are not affiliated with any national organization for this very reason.

Ms. Alumbaugh’s article points out what we hope most sportsmen and women by now know: that most of the money raised by HSUS is spent on salaries, advertising, fund raising, pension plans, and lobbying for legislation against hunting, agriculture, and the use of animals in entertainment. Click for more details.

Posted December 20, 2013