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PSHA Board Addresses HSUS Scam



On behalf of the PSHA BOD, we thought you might be interested in this information regarding HSUS.

You may have received an email—really, a rambling novella—today regarding my organization from the deceptively named “Humane Society” of the United States (HSUS). This unsolicited tirade was likely in response to an ad we have running in Politico and Roll Call, which you can view here, or our ads running throughout the Metro system, which you can view here. I’d like to share some quick thoughts in reply, but if you do nothing else, the ads are worth checking out.

HSUS chooses to lob false and hysterical claims hoping somehow to discredit the Center for Consumer Freedom, which fights on behalf of consumer choices in the marketplace. Animal-liberation zealots like HSUS or PETA want to take choices away, namely the choice to eat meat, cheese, eggs, or any other animal product. They’re so fanatical they would take milk away from schoolchildren.

Far from a legitimate humane society, HSUS doesn’t run a pet shelter and gives only one percent of the money it raises to local pet shelters, while independent polling shows that a majority of the public thinks that HSUS is an umbrella group for pet shelters. HSUS’s fundraising does little to dissuade people from this confusion.  This is a scam against the public. Several Members of Congress have called for a federal investigation of HSUS for possible violations of its tax status while the organization is presently a defendant in federal court in litigation brought under anti-racketeering statutes for its alleged role in a witness-payment and fraud scheme.

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