Humane Watch to Tackle HSUS Fundraising During Super Bowl BroadcastFri, 02 Feb 2018 09:33:47
This week, The Washington Post reported that Humane Society of the United States CEO Wayne Pacelle was under investigation after being credibly accused of sexual harassment by three women. The Post reports that warnings about Pacelle’s behavior, which stretches back years, went unheeded and that donor money intended for abused animals was used to pay settlements to women who were allegedly mistreated. Additionally, Politico reports that another executive, Paul Shapiro, was accused of harassing and sexually aggressive behavior by a number of women in 2016-and yet was allowed by Pacelle to stay on as a vice president. Yet the board scandalously refused to fire Pacelle on Thursday, leading to seven members resigning.
The nonprofit Center for Consumer Freedom (CCF), which runs the watchdog www.HumaneWatch.org, notes that this is just the latest example of waste and abuse at the Humane Society of the United States. “For years HSUS has fundraised on the backs of cats and dogs to pay for exorbitant executive salaries, legions of lawyers, and parking $50 million into offshore accounts,” said CCF Managing Director Will Coggin. “It’s clear that HSUS is humane in name only. It does not value its female staff, its donors, or the animals it uses as window dressing.”
In light of these new developments, CCF will run an informational ad during the Super Bowl asking Americans to give to their local shelter. Local humane societies are not affiliated with HSUS despite the similarity in names. You can see the ad in the video box below:
Some facts about the Humane Society of the United States and Wayne Pacelle:
· HSUS runs deceptive advertising full of homeless cats and dogs yet does not run any shelters and gives only 1% of the money it raises to local pet shelters, while spending millions on executive salaries and pension plans.
· HSUS paid $11 million in 2014 to settle a racketeering lawsuit after the organization was caught paying a witness who lied under oath (Pacelle personally signed a check in this scheme).
· In 2014 the Oklahoma Attorney General issued a public “consumer alert” about HSUS fundraising. Charity Navigator gives HSUS a low 2 star (out of 5) rating.
· According to their tax returns HSUS has $50 million of donor money sitting in offshore accounts.
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