The Humane Society of the U.S. (HSUS) is big, rich and powerful. While most local animal shelters are underfunded and unsung, HSUS has accumulated $162 million in assets and built a recognizable brand by capitalizing on the confusion its very name provokes. This misdirection results in an irony of which most animal lovers are unaware, which is that HSUS raises enough money to finance animal shelters in every single state, with money to spare, yet it doesn’t operate a single one anywhere.
This is part two of my list of celebrities, companies and organizations that support and endorse HSUS and People For The Ethical Treatment Of Animals (PETA). I utilized Humane Watch and Activist Cash to help me compile this extensive list, which looks like an alphabet-soup of letters and acronyms. Take a minute to read through this list and educate yourself. Sending dollars to these companies, whether intentionally or not, is unacceptable. Know where your money goes and keep this list handy to share with others. Of course, this is a working list. If you know of others, please add them in the comments section below.
Alice Morgan Wright-Edith Goode Fund (DC); Alternative Congress Trust (DC); Animal Channel (DC); Association Humanataria De Costa Rica; Center for the Respect of Life and Environment (DC); Charlotte and William Parks Foundation for Animal Welfare (DC); Conservation Endowment Fund (see ICEC) (CA); Doris Day Animal League; Earth Restoration Corps. (DC); Earthkind Inc. (DC); Earthkind International Inc. (DC); Earthkind USA (DC); Earthkind USA (MT); Earthkind UK [ also affiliated with the International Fund for Animal Welfare]; Earthvoice (DC); Earthvoice International (DC); Eating with a Conscience Campaign (DC); The Fund for Animals; HSUS Hollywood Office (formerly The Ark Trust Inc.) (CA); Humane Society International (DC); which also operates the International Center for Earth Concerns (ICEC) in Ojai, California; the Center for Earth Concerns in Costa Rica, and the Conservation Endowment Fund in California; Humane Society International Australian Office Inc.; Humane Society International of Latin America; Humane Society Legislative Fund; Humane Society University (DC);
Humane Society Veterinary Medical Association; Humane Society Wildlife Land Trust; Institute for the Study of Animal Problems (DC); Interfaith Council for the Protection of Animals and Nature (GA); International Society for the Protection of Animals (UK); Kindness Club International Inc. (DC); Meadowcreek Project Inc. (AR); Meadowcreek Inc. (AR); National Association for Humane and Environmental Education (DC); National Humane Education Center (VA); Species Survival Network (MI); Wildlife Rehabilitation Training Center (MA); World Federation for the Protection of Animals Inc. (DC); World Society for the Protection of Animals (DC); World Society for the Protection of Animals (IA); World Society for the Protection of Animals (ND); World Society for the Protection of Animals (VT); World Society for the Protection of Animals - Canada; World Society for the Protection of Animals - Deutschland; World Society for the Protection of Animals International (UK); World Society for the Protection of Animals UK (UK); and Worldwide Network Inc. (DC).
The Humane Catalog (VA); Humane Equity Fund [defunct] (DC); Humane Society Press (DC); Humane Society of the U.S. Connecticut Branch Inc. (CT); Humane Society of the U.S. Virginia Branch Inc. (VA); World Society for the Protection of Animals (MA); World Society for the Protection of Animals - Australia; World Society for the Protection of Animals Executor Services (UK); World Society for the Protection of Animals Trading Company (UK).
HSUS "Genesis Awards Sponsors," Bark magazine, Garden Protein International, Market Development Group, Inc., Modern Dog magazine, PetPlan Pet Insurance, Prai Beauty Group, Tenet Healthcare Corporation, AuthentEscape, Mighty Fine, Bank of America, Neue Galerie New York, BB&T, NSF Clothing, Buffalo Exchange, Oreck, Carivintâs Winery, Organic Bouquet, Charity Partners, Petco Stores/Foundation, Cheeky Monkey Jewelry, Pet e-Tailing, Crocodiles Not Waterlilies, Petfinder, Check Gallery, PetSmart Charities, The North Face, Target DoGreatGood.com, Ebay Giving Works, Prai Beauty Group, eFundraising, GreaterGood, Somerset Entertainment, Grounds for Change, Tisbest, Harland Clarke, ViMax Publishing, Jakks Pacific, Xerox, Land Rover N. America, Legacy Interactive, Zazzle.com and Microsoft Corporation.
Companies who have withdrawn support after learning the true mission of HSUS and PETA:
Pilot Travel Centers, Precious Cat, Yellow Tail, and Hill's Pet Nutrition
According to Humane Watch, "Tennessee-based Pilot Travel Centers, a network of motorist support centers, withdrew its support for HSUS after thanking the company for its support on the HSUS Facebook page. But the company took so much flak for the $52,000 in donations to HSUS that it quickly ended its support: 'In order to avoid any further misunderstandings, employees will immediately cease collections of donations to HSUS.' Three more companies terminated financial support for HSUS soon after these controversies. The companies included the Mary Kay cosmetics company, Precious Cat, Inc., and Hill’s Pet Nutrition, Inc in response to protests."
Of course, we all remember Troy Hadrick’s YouTube video condemning YellowTail’s support of HSUS, which resulted in the company withdrawing its support of the organization, as well. It just goes to show that individuals can truly make a difference, and I think BEEF Daily readers are just the ticket to get the job done. Contact some of these companies and let them know how you feel. Educate your neighbor about the ABC soup of organizations who fall under the umbrella of HSUS.