It’s mind-boggling for HSUS CEO Wayne Pacelle to dismiss the 150-plus complaints that have been filed with the Federal Trade Commission against his group. Dozens have come from people who have given money to HSUS.
For Pacelle to act like it’s all part of a disingenuous ploy is indicative of his arrogance and disregard for his own donors. (Humane Society’s mission is to help all animals, Feb. 28)
If anybody is playing games, it’s Wayne Pacelle and HSUS. They claim to represent an 11-million-strong “constituency,” yet HSUS’s actual membership (by its own admission) is just 10 percent of that figure.
Pacelle hides behind Charity Navigator’s 4-star rating of HSUS, but that website performs scant analysis. A more thorough review by the American Institute of Philanthropy finds that HSUS has high fundraising costs (up to 49 cents to raise every dollar) and poor spending on programs (as little as 49 percent of its budget). Overall, HSUS earns a “D” grade from AIP.
I haven’t seen any rebuttal from HSUS to AIP — probably because HSUS has nothing. It’s much better at mudslinging than arguing on the merits.
Further, Charity Navigator doesn’t even address advertising content — so the fact that Pacelle would attempt to use the Charity Navigator rating as a rebuttal to the FTC complaints (which revolve around misleading advertising) is yet more flim-flam in his attempt to pull the wool over readers’ eyes.
But he can’t fool all of the people all of time — which is one reason six Congressmen recently called for a federal investigation of HSUS.
More and more Americans are learning the sordid truth about HSUS and its agenda to end animal agriculture. Join them at HumaneWatch.org, and help turn this animal-rights attack dog into a paper tiger.
Executive Director, Center for Consumer Freedom
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