Why do we focus so much of our attention on HSUS? Simply put, money and emotional appeals to our humanity have allowed this organization to harness a great deal of power and dangerous influence on the general public.

The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), just isn’t what you’ve been led to believe.

  • They’re NOT a humane society,
  • They don’t focus on rescuing animals, and
  • They use their donors’ money to line their own pockets and attack our way of life.

To find out more about their true agenda, keep reading below. To find out what they’re doing to attack farmers, hunters, entertainers and animal owners, we invite you to explore the Animals Rights vs. Americans page.

To get a quick overview of the threat posed by the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), check out this relevant summary video from Missouri Farmers Care.

Not Your Local Animal Shelter

Before you can know what The Humane Society Of The United States (HSUS) really is, you need to know what it’s NOT. Namely, the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) is not, has never been and, ostensibly, never will be an animal shelter.

Don’t believe us? Just ask HSUS head Wayne Pacelle who famously declared “We never said we funded animal shelters…That’s not in our history or in our statement.”

The vast majority of Americans (71% in fact) believe the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) to be a collection of local humane societies.

Sadly, they’ve been misled by a name.

In fact, it seems HSUS (the so-called Humane Society of the United States) isn’t even affiliated with any actual Humane Societies. HSUS uses the name but doesn’t give much back, which seems to really irk local Humane Societies that are starving for funds.

So, if they’re neither a “Humane Society” nor an animal shelter then just who are they and why do they have everyone so riled up?

The folks over at HumaneWatch released a hilarious send-up of HSUS that rapidly made its way around the internet and social media.

It’s understandable how some in the general public have misconceptions about HSUS based on how it portrays itself. We’re here to help clear up some of these confusions. Here’s what we know as facts about this massive organization:

  • They were sued under the RICO Act (you know, the law that was created to bring down the MOB!), and eventually agreed to pay a $15.75 Million settlement.
  • They’ve used Hollywood to exert their influence. By buttering up uber-rich celebrities to use as figureheads, they’ve been able to reach more people and make damaging legislative changes, such as in California with its harmful egg laws.
  • HSUS’s head, Wayne Pacelle, believes that the differences between animals and humans are “differences of degree and not kind.” (Vegan In The Henhouse, Washington Post, 9 August 2004)
  • In its own “Statement on Farm Animals and Eating with Conscience”, HSUS reveals its true beliefs about food. Outlined in that document available on their website is what they call theirThree R’s”:

Reducing the consumption of meat and other animal-based foods; Refining the diet by eating products only from animals who have been raised, transported, and slaughtered in a system of humane, sustainable agriculture that does not abuse the animals; and Replacing meat and other animal-based foods in the diet with plant-based foods.

So as you can see, any move HSUS makes towards agriculture is all in pursuit of the goal of reducing demand for animal products and drying up the market for these goods.

  • HSUS goes to great lengths to distance itself from more radical organizations like PETA, but HSUS has actually absorbed some of the smaller, more radical animal rights organizations and brought some of their staff with them. When HSUS brings staff over from these extreme animal rights groups, those individuals may begin to project a different image than their former cohorts who stage protests and resort to property damage to convey their message, but it would be foolish to assume they check their radical ideology at the door.

But this is just scratching the surface. The closer you look at the labyrinth of the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), its leadership, its staff and its associates, you begin to see the truth behind an organization that is trying to obliterate a large portion of American life, culture and heritage.

They are able to attempt this with the backing of their donors. What could you do with $125+ Million? That’s how much revenue the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) generated in 2012 according to its 2013 IRS 990 disclosure form.

Or how about $195 Million?  That was the net assets HSUS had at the end of 2012.

So, where does all that money go? As we know, Wayne Pacelle and Co. don’t put much stock in actually running animal shelters or assisting local shelters.

But by no means is the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) shy about spending its money. The folks over at Humane Watch have a great breakdown of HSUS’s spending habits.  And it’ll raise a few eyebrows with folks who thought their $19.99 a month was going to help puppies and kittens find new homes.

Two numbers stand out: $42 Million and $44.3 Million. That’s how much HSUS spent on fundraising (hey, it takes money to make money, right?) and “Salaries and Benefits,” respectively. That’s not even counting the $2.5 Million in pension contributions.

The economy may be bleak for most Americans, but business is a-booming for animal rights’ leading “charity.”

But those expenses nearly pale in comparison to the money HSUS spent that year trying to alter public policy and influence people they call “thought leaders.” The massive amount HSUS continues to spend to buy new laws and regulations is working as they seek to restrict the rights of farmers, hunters, entertainers and animal owners.

Unfortunately, according to Humane Watch, the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) spent less than 1 percent of their budget on operations involving local humane societies and animal shelters.

It’s no wonder, then, that the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) has had trouble impressing charity watch dog organizations like the Charity Navigator, which has revoked their charity rating after years of extremely poor ratings and instead issued a donor advisory warning.

So, if you gave to the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) thinking that you were actually helping out your local animal shelters and rescues, you may want to strongly consider supporting local shelters who actually provide hands-on care and shelter for animals.  You can find a local shelter over at the Humane Society for Shelter Pets.


On May 16th, 2012, the USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) announced a proposed revision to the Animal Welfare Act (AWA) that would change current rules forretail pet breeders. This proposal could bring detrimental changes for ALL pet breeders, giving the USDA complete oversight of any pet breeding facility – specifically dog breeders. Essentially, the rule would regulate large and small facility dog breeders alike. So whether you sell one dog or one hundred, the USDA would have the right to regulate your business with STRICT penalties. The rule contains language that:

  • requires a personal visit to the facility of anyone purchasing a dog
  • further regulates a facility breeding more than 4 females

American Kennel Club (AKC) is an organization that helps promote the proper buying and selling of dogs nationwide. AKC is strongly opposed to the rule, raising questions about how the law would be enforced and trying to show how unintended consequences could force law-abiding breeders to cease operations. Animal Agriculture Alliance issued a statement in response to the proposed rule, raising questions about the potential impact on animal agriculture:

“, it has the potential to expand burdensome regulations on some farm operations, negatively impact youth agriculture programs, and expand federal inspector access beyond the scope of USDA’s authority on livestock farms.”

They are concerned with how language in the rule could be interpreted and applied on a much larger scale. If the APHIS rule goes into effect, consequences could bleed over into the agriculture industry, which is supposed to be protected and PROMOTED by the USDA, right? Lets check that out… Understanding the connection between APHIS and animal rights groups like HSUS is the key. The current APHIS Chief of Animal Health and Welfare Enforcement Branch is Sarah L. Conant, formerly a litigation lawyer for the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS). Apparently, the USDA now hires animal rights extremists to enforce and create rules just like the one proposed by APHIS. USDA once looked down on tactics used by animal rights groups, but it now seems as if they have adopted the same tactics to enforce rules by hiring people with an animal rights background.

Rico Lawsuit

Would you willingly donate your hard-earned money to an organization that can be justifiably compared to a mafia?

That’s what you’d be doing by funding HSUS’s exploits.

Please read more about this lawsuit here, but in summary:

In a years-long legal battle with Feld Entertainment over its circuses, it was discovered that HSUS paid a former Feld employee who provided key testimony against Feld over treatment of elephants.

After this was discovered, Feld counter-sued under RICO, otherwise known as the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organization Act, which was originally enacted to combat the mob movement in the 1970s.

On May 15, 2014, HSUS agreed to pay Feld Entertainment a settlement of $15.75 million to bring the countersuit to an end. HSUS funded their legal defense and paid their settlement with donations given by well-meaning Americans, who are drawn in by the innocent animals in HSUS’s commercials and donate their money with the understanding that it is being used to help those animals.