Why Revealing the Truth Isn’t ‘Bashing’

10 May

As an organization committed to shelter reform, part of our efforts include revealing the truth about organizations that CLAIM to be working towards shelter reform, but whose funding is actually going elsewhere. We’re often accused of “bashing” the big three (the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) and People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA)). But “bashing” isn’t our purpose or intention. What we’re doing is alerting people to the realities of where their hundreds of millions of dollars in donations are going.

Animal-loving Americans who give their hard-earned money to these groups DESERVE to know the truth. Commercials featuring heart-wrenching music and images of suffering shelter pets lead the public to believe that these funds will go directly to saving pets in shelters. But the reality is, the HSUS gives less than one-half of one percent of its budget to directly funding shelters, and often supports the mass killing of pets rescued from dog-fighting rings and other abusive situations. The ASPCA has just had a formal complaint filed against them for deceptive fundraising practices, since so little of their revenue goes to local shelters, and has supported some of the nation’s worst shelter directors. PETA kills 97% of cats and 88% of dogs it takes in,while claiming to be against the killing of any animal.  Talk about misleading. Doesn’t the public deserve to know these facts?

If the ASPCA, HSUS and PETA want to funnel their funds into lobbying, celebrity-driven ad campaigns to end meat-eating and high CEO salaries – they need to be honest with their donors that that’s where the money goes. They also need to be honest with their donors about their stance on the status quo of our nation’s shelters. The ASPCA and the HSUS support some of the nation’s worst shelters and their leadership, despite abuse, neglect and horrifically high kill rates. Their track records speak for themselves. Please read up about all three groups on Nathan Winograd’s blog – in the right hand column he has essential reading about each group and their practices. These are the FACTS.

Exposing the truth is not bashing … and only by shining a light on these powerful groups will we ever change the state of the animal welfare movement in our nation, and steer our country towards a No Kill future.


8 Responses to “Why Revealing the Truth Isn’t ‘Bashing’”

  1. patty speidel May 10, 2011 at 5:16 pm #

    I totally agree with you however I do want to point out one mistake in your blog. PETA does not intake animals into it’s Norfolk Headquarters. The PETA kills 97% of it animals is misleading. Not saying what they do is correct but there is no animal shelter here in Norfolk, VA. They do however run a euthanasia service to several counties in neighboring North Carolina who use barbaric means for euthanasia.

  2. Vickie Littleton May 10, 2011 at 6:58 pm #

    Patty–that would make sense except that what PETA employees got in trouble for, in the not so distant past was picking up animals from veterinarians and shelters, saying that they were going to find homes for them–instead they killed these healthy, adoptable, pets and dumped them in a dumpster before they even got home to Virginia. These animals were not going to be killed AT ALL, let alone in a barbaric way.

  3. Denise LaChance May 14, 2011 at 11:08 am #

    The Humane Society is an advocacy organization just as No Kill Nation is. I happily give money to the Humane Society because of the service they do for all animals who are suffering, including farmed animals who are tortured in the process of becoming meat. I don’t expect the US Humane Society to run shelters, and I do not believe their advertising is deceptive. I am in support of the goals of No Kill Nation but offended by your insistence on attacking the Humane Society and other organizations for doing what they do for the benefit of animals whose suffering is not addresed by No Kill Nation. I would be a donor and supporter, but you have forced me into an unnecessary choice between your organization and other animal welfare organizations. Yes, you are “bashing” by accusing the Humane Society of “deceptive” advertising. It is reprehensible and irresponsible and is a disservice to the public and to the animals you are trying to help in the unspeakably cruel “shelter” system who need help so desperately. You are alienating people like me who would be passionately on your side, expect that you seem to be trying to force me, by identifying with your cause, to take a stance against other worthy animal organizations. This is hypocritical.

    • thenokillnationblog May 16, 2011 at 12:01 pm #

      Hi Denise,
      We respectfully disagree. Our issues with the HSUS, the ASPCA and PETA are in regards to their stance on shelter pets. MOST people believe that these groups (HSUS and ASPCA in particular) are working tirelessly to save the lives of all pets in shelters. Sadly, this hasn’t been the case, as these groups have supported some of the highest killing shelters and shelter directors. They have opposed shelter reform legislation and have sentenced many homeless animals to death unnecessarily. These are facts that people need to know. By shining a light on their actions, we hope that these groups will change their behavior and save more lives – which they are absolutely capable of doing. I’m sorry that you see it differently, but we have a responsibility to let people know the realities of what these organizations are doing with donated funds.

      • Amelia May 19, 2011 at 10:48 pm #

        In that case, you should also let followers know that funds donated to your group will not be directly helping any animals. They will be going towards publicity stunts like sending copies of “Redemption” to all X thousand shelters in the country… was that really necessary? Why not send them copies of the No Kill Equation instead? Why not help them by giving free seminars on increasing adoption rates and improving shelter conditions?

      • thenokillnationblog May 20, 2011 at 2:48 pm #

        Hi Amelia,

        I believe you have us confused with another organization. No Kill Nation has not collected ONE CENT from our followers, YET, so any claims about how funding is being used are superfluous. Please check your facts before making accusations.

  4. Cyndi May 19, 2011 at 3:34 pm #

    I for one thank you for bringing to light their distribution of funds. I couldn’t believe the salaries of the presidents of the mentioned organizations. I feel that rescue as well as advocacy, you wouldn’t be concerned with your salary you would want that money put to where it would help.

  5. Amelia May 20, 2011 at 3:10 pm #

    My apologies; I believe it was the No Kill Advocacy Center, and not your good selves. Feel free to delete my erroneous comment, or to leave it intact as a message for others, whichever you prefer.

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