HSUS spends millions on lobbying and campaigning, while local shelters struggle to stay open.
In case you weren’t already aware that the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) spends less than 1% of its annual budget to fund local shelters, a new press release really puts things into perspective on the nation’s wealthiest animal rights group.
According to HumaneWatch.org, “In 2012, HSUS spent a total of $120 million, but less than 1% of that went to supporting local sheltering organizations nationwide.”
For example, Minnesota shelters received two grants from HSUS worth a total of $1,000 in 2012.
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With $200 million in the bank, why doesn’t HSUS spend more money on shelters that are struggling to keep their doors open? The answer is simple. HSUS prefers to spend millions campaigning for more money and lobbying for increased regulation on farmers and ranchers. Helping animals in need doesn’t line wallets, but sensational lobbying and campaigning certainly does.
The report was released just a few months after a survey of 1,050 self-identified HSUS donors was unveiled. It revealed that 87% of the donors were unaware that HSUS gives such a small portion of its annual budget to local shelters.
According to HumaneWatch.org, “When informed of this sad reality, a full 83% of HSUS’s own donors agreed the group ‘misleads people into thinking that it supports local humane societies and pet shelters,’ and 59% were less likely to support the group going forward.”
Looking at 2012, HSUS spent $50 million on fundraising, campaigning, maintaining a huge staff of lawyers and lobbyists, and rewarding the top tier of employees with bloated salaries and benefits, including $3 million in pension contributions, says HumaneWatch.org.
When put in black and white like this, it’s quite evident that more work needs to be done to educate the masses who might be giving their money with good intentions, but who would also be upset to hear how HSUS actually spends their money.
What do you think about HSUS’ deception to its patrons? Leave your thoughts in the comments section below.
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