Skip to content

HSUS loses charity accreditation



The Humane Society of the United States has lost its accreditation by the charity arm of the Better Business Bureau. This action follows the resignations, earlier this year, by former CEO Wayne Pacelle and vice president Paul Shapiro. 

The news of this loss was reported to walking horse industry leaders late last week by a report from a Pennsylvania newspaper, The County Press. Celebration CEO Mike Inman said the accreditation loss served as a strong action against the HSUS. 

“The fact that the HSUS has been spending approximately only 1 percent of the hundreds of millions of dollars it raises has been its little secret for some time,” said Inman, in response to the Report’s request for comment about the news release. “The fact that these details along with a culture of mistreatment of employs have hit the light of day via these losses of accreditation. This should be very eye-opening to HSUS donors and those politicians who are on record supporting this organization.”

The BBB’s charity-accreditation arm, the Wise Giving Alliance, suspended the HSUS’s status following an action by Charity Navigator to downgrade the HSUS’ to two stars out of four, also poorly ranking the HSUS for being financially unwise, according to the news release referenced by Inman. The report also stated Animal Charity Evaluators, which recommends animal-rights non-profits, has also pulled its approval of the HSUS.
Pacelle’s resignation, which came in February, followed allegations of multiple sexual harassment complaints against the former CEO.

“While the BBB hasn’t issued a statement for the removal of HSUS’s accreditation, it’s widely assumed that the HSUS board’s initial decision to retain Pacelle after its internal investigation turned up several credible accusations of sexual harassment was the impetus for BBB WGA to initiate a review,” the report, written by Farm News Media, stated. 

Additionally, the report references Animal Charity Evaluators’ unprecedented action to formally rescind its 2016 standout recommendation of the HSUS’s Farm Animal Protection Campaign, citing concerns “regarding the lack of ‘strong, ethical leadership and a healthy work environment to be critical components of an effective charity.’”

Inman said the walking horse industry will continue to follow the story closely.
“As an industry, we will be watching closely the damage control that is going on at HSUS and see if it affects in any way their efforts to eliminate our horse and other animal agriculture,” Inman concluded. 

More Stories

  • LT

    Read More
  • Louisville, Ky. City Council Urges Passage of PAST Act

    On November 7, 2019 the Louisville City Council unanimously approved a resolution, introduced by Council member Marcus Winkler, urging the United States Department of Agriculture to reinstate the final rule that was adopted in 2017 but never finalized after the election of President Donald Trump... Read More
  • Obituary – Thomas Sumners

    Thomas Brown Sumners passed away November 7, 2019. The funeral was held at Bills-McGaugh & Hamilton Funeral Home on Saturday, November 9, 2019 and was buried at Lone Oak Cemetery... Read More
  • Cammack's Featured in Local Texas Paper

    Blake Cammack and son Jackson Cammack were recently featured in an article in the Longview News Journal, their local paper in Texas. The Cammack's were featured regarding their success at this year's show and the accolades both accomplished this year. Read More
  • High Point correction deadline approaching

    As the season comes to an end, the High Point Report is also soon coming to a close and we need your help! The Walking Horse Report is asking readers to have any changes needing to be made to their High Point standings to us prior to Nov. 22. Read More
  • Latest Issue 11 11 19

    Read More
  • THE Charles Howard CHALLENGE!

    Instead of flowers, friends of Charles B. Howard are challenging one another to donate $41 for 41 years of showing at The International. Proceeds will fund a Charles Burton Howard Memorial Challenge Trophy and a Charles Burton Howard Memorial Scholarship for FFA members... Read More
  • Obituary – Charlie Howard

    Charles Burton Howard, age 68, passed away November 5, 2019 at Vanderbilt. He was born in Lackey, Kentucky and was a resident of Rutherford County. He taught school in Hindman High School, Hindman, KY, Lebanon High School, and Blackman High School... Read More
  • Notice WHTA Members

    Anyone wishing his or her name be added as a candidate will need to notify the WHTA office or a member of the Nominating Committee no later than November 15, 2019 his or her intent to run for an officer or directorship (please specify which one)... Read More
  • Walking For Angels schedule and entries update

    The Walking For the Angels Horse Show, scheduled for Saturday Nov. 9 at 4:00 pm, has added the following class:

    Class 22A – Amateur Stallions Pony class

    Read More