THE REVERSE ROBIN HOOD EFFECT
The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) is thought to be a charity. Technically, as far as the U.S. government is concerned, it is. Unfortunately, as we’ve learned over the years about this animal rights organization’s shady financial dealings and charity rating being revoked, its fraudulent nature comes to the surface. HSUS is less of a charity and more of an imposter.
People believe that the money they are contributing to HSUS will go to animals, creating shelters and feeding animals that are hungry. Yet less than 1% of this money actually goes to animals.
Where is that money actually going?
The three most relevant answers: 1) Fundraising - a large majority of the money they bring in goes to raising even more money. 2) Salaries and benefits - they spend millions on employees who work for their ‘non-profit.’ And 3) Stashing money in overseas tax shelters.
It is the third point that we will be focusing on today. Over the last few years, HSUS has sent over $50 million to accounts and hedge funds in the Caribbean Islands.
The corrupt administration of a supposed charity has muddled their stated purpose far beyond repair. Instead of spending the donations of hardworking Americans on helping animals, they have transformed into a lobbying group not for animals, but for their own financial success – doing only that which will make them and their friends more money.
When studies were conducted that proved the viability of no-kill shelters, they fought legislation that would have made mandatory no-kill a reality. They came to the defense of one of the most notorious dog-fighters in American history in exchange for a $50,000 donation from his employer. They even use natural disasters as a way to fundraise, saying the extra donations will go to animals while in fact they spend little on the disaster area.
All of these things are obviously corrupt, and all of them are things that HSUS did under their current administration with no legal or financial ramifications.
These are transgressions, which an average citizen would be thrown in jail for doing, with no consequences. We suppose when you spend millions lobbying each year on buying off the legislature, they’ll look the other way when considering how you acquire your fortune.
It’s hard for us to expect the financial decisions of the company to be sound, though, when their employees themselves are so corrupt.
One individual embezzled $31,175 for an elaborate vacation in Aruba. Another, CEO Wayne Pacelle, has taken over $4 million with his inflated salary. It looks like his advocacy is due to more than just a ‘bond’ with animals.
But still, who could possibly justify taking fifty million donor dollars and putting them in overseas accounts instead of using that money for the advertised purpose? Even the most seasoned of white collar criminals wouldn’t have the audacity to do that. It is throwing the morals of Americans trying to do the right thing right back into their faces.
They’re a perfect example of the Reverse Robin Hood Effect. They’re taking from the public and giving to the rich (themselves). It doesn’t help animals, it only helps the bureaucratic monsters that HSUS administrators are.
When an organization is supposed to care about animals and its CEO has proudly proclaimed “I don’t want to see another cat or dog born”, there is a major conflict of interest.
A United States ‘charity’ should not have any business in Caribbean Island hedge funds, especially not to the tune of $50 million. Losing money overseas ($61,000 lost in 2012) through various ‘partnerships,’ avoiding the same tax codes that we all have to put our money through, and lobbying legislators so that they can continue to manipulate the laws and citizens of this country is not the definition of a charity. If anything, it describes the epitome of corruption.
The problem is, they are experts in conning the system and have been doing so for a long time. They know that they can get away with this little scheme that they have going on and they are not going to stop. They know which wheels to grease and what to preach with their ads so that they can stay under the radar.
So what can we do?
First, is to stay informed. Not just as individuals though, we have to warn our friends and family, coworkers and faith communities, and make sure that everyone knows of the corruption behind the doors of HSUS headquarters. Next is to not give up on animals in need, give to local shelters (no-kill), and make sure that corrupt animal rights organizations realize we will not bend to their will.
The animals deserve better. The donors deserve better too. HSUS isn’t the champion of the little guy. They’re crushing the little guy, and grabbing his money in the process.