They’ve run a profitable con game for years that has lined the pockets of animal rights organizations with cash to the point of overflowing. Huge amounts of that cash have gone toward bamboozling the public into believing that purebred dog breeders are the bad guys and that the only good dog is a shelter dog. Few people outside of the dog show world know, however, that the ultimate aim of PETA and HSUSA is the total abolishment of domestic pets.
The good news is that the true evil nature of these groups is being revealed in the media thanks to the hard work of good old-fashioned investigative journalism. What follows describes some of this work and how it cuts into the heart of animal rights groups, exactly where it hurts—in their wallets!
This group exposes the hypocrisy as well as the illegal and immoral practices of the HSUS. Despite all of those heart-rending photographs of homeless and/or abused puppies that donors’ dollars are supposed to be helping, the reality differs dramatically. For one thing, HSUS has no animal shelter – anywhere. Its ads imply that donated funds will go to local shelters to help abandoned and abused animals, but that is all a scam. By examining the 2013 tax returns from HSUS—available as public records—HumaneWatch discovered the truth. Although HSUS took in more than $130,000,000 in revenues, very little of that money reached local animal shelters. In fact, HSUS gave less than $10,000 to help local shelters care for pets in only 29 states. Eleven states received absolutely no money at all for their shelters: Alaska, Arkansas, Connecticut, Delaware, Iowa, Nebraska, New Hampshire, Nevada, Rhode Island, Utah, and Wyoming. In effect, only 1% of HSUS’s budget allocates funds for local pet shelters. So, where does the other 99% go?
You’ll be shocked (yes, shocked!) to learn of a few examples of misspent funds:
HSUS has transferred $50 million into Caribbean tax shelters instead of pet shelters.
HSUS spent more than $6 million to settle a federal racketeering and bribery law suit brought against it and two of its in-house lawyers.
HSUS CEO and president, Wayne Pacelle, received more than $400,000 in total compensation. This sum for a man, who when asked if he envisioned a future without pets, stated, “If I had my personal view, perhaps that might take hold. In fact, I don’t want to see another dog or cat born.”
The rest of his staff received compensations totaling nearly $44 million.
Then in February of 2014, HumaneWatch reported that the Oklahoma state attorney general had opened an investigation into the HSUS and its fund raising techniques, among which is selling overpriced jewelry to misled pet lovers who believe their money goes to helping local animal shelters. In a case of your lawyers vs. ours, the HSUS defied requests for documentation from the attorney general and actually sued the state of Oklahoma in an attempt to stonewall the ongoing investigation against them. This tactic was a rather transparent attempt to hide the fact that they have committed fraud. The case is ongoing.
Evidently, HSUS executives didn’t realize that regional state officials do communicate with each other. On July 22, 2015, the Midwestern Legislative Conference of the Council of State Governments passed a resolution calling on eleven state attorneys general to investigate the Humane Society of the United States. HumaneWatch applauded the Council and the eleven states involved in this resolution: North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas, Minnesota, Iowa, Wisconsin, Illinois, Michigan, Indiana and Ohio.
In the meantime, thanks in part to the efforts of HumaneWatch, corporate sponsors have begun to drop HSUS. Tommy Bahama is the latest. Previously, this retailer had given 5% of the profits on its dog beds to HSUS, but the clothing store is noticeably absent from the HSUS fall corporate sponsor list.
In April the Discover credit card company dropped its affinity card partnership with HSUS after HumaneWatch launched its “Discover the Scam” campaign to expose the swindling done on the public by HSUS. Hopefully, more of these corporate desertions
will cut substantially into this radical animal rights group and thereby, stifle their operations.
This group has proven a reliable resource for solid data on exactly what PETA has done to animals brought to its “shelter”. Below are the figures taken from the state of Virginia’s public records which, by law, all animal shelters in the state must provide. I haven’t even listed all of the years that the group reported, but suffice it to say that since 1998, over 33,000 animals have been killed in PETA’s “shelter”, usually within 24 hours of the animals’ arrival. How are there even words to describe such barbaric, twisted actions from an organization with the word “ethical” in its name?!?
Documents uncovered by PETAKillsAnimals.com reveal that, based on a complaint by a Virginia resident, an investigator at the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS), Dr. Daniel Kovich, conducted an inspection of PETA’s shelter at its headquarters in July, 2010.
Dr. Kovich determined, “the facility does not contain sufficient animal enclosures to routinely house the number of animals annually reported as taken into custody.” After reviewing two months’ worth of records, Kovich found that 245 of the 290 animals—84%—that PETA took into custody were killed within 24 hours. No wonder there were not “sufficient animal enclosures”! In addition, Kovich noted that PETA’s shelter did not meet PETA’s own published guidelines for operating a humane animal shelter. So much for PETA’s claim of “ethical treatment of animals”!
In reality, then PETA’s so-called “shelter” is actually a euthanasia factory. The bodies of all those dead cats and dogs are stored in a large walk-in freezer at PETA headquarters until the Pet Cremation Services of Tidewater, Virginia stops by on their regular visits to pick up their remains.
In November 2014, WAVY-TV reported that PETA employees had allegedly taken a family’s Chihuahua without cause in broad daylight from the family’s home. A surveillance video showed a van branded with the PETA logo pull up in the driveway followed by a worker seizing the dog and driving off. Wilbur Cerate, the dog’s owner, said that PETA employees later returned to his home with a fruit basket and news that the dog had been killed. The Accomack County Sheriff charged the employees with larceny. PETA refused comment to WAVY despite numerous requests.
In 2007, two PETA employees were tried for animal cruelty and littering in North Carolina after they were caught in a late night stakeout dumping the bodies of dead dogs and cats in a dumpster. Staff members of North Carolina animal shelters testified that they were under the impression PETA would find homes for the animals they transferred to PETA. The truth was quite different. PETA picked up dogs and cats from animal shelters in North Carolina and killed them before they even left the state.
PETA’s true agenda has been exposed multiple times. Despite their pro-animal propaganda to the general public, comments by their president, Ingrid Newkirk, have always revealed PETA’s goal where dogs are concerned:
“Pet ownership is an absolutely abysmal situation brought about by human manipulation.”—Harper’s (August 1, 1988)
“The bottom line is that people don’t have the right to manipulate or to breed dogs and cats... If people want toys, they should buy inanimate objects.
If they want companionship, they should seek it with their own kind.” - Animals (May 1, 1993)
Fortunately, PETAKillsAnimals.com continues to fight back. In addition to researching and exposing PETA’s horrendous actions against pet dogs and cats, this organization has created multiple advertisements, billboards, and videos to educate the public about PETA’s hypocrisy.
Thanks to the perseverance of groups such as HumaneWatch.org and PETAKillsAnimals.com, many more people are becoming aware of the true dangers of these extreme animal rights organizations. As a result, donations have begun to fall—exactly the desired result! By educating the general public more and more, PETA and HSUS will have less and less funds to do their dirty work.