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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.

Discontent Grows Against National ‘Humane’ Organizations

5 May

It was only a matter of time before local SPCAs (with Humane Societies sure to be next in line) started calling the bluffs of the ASPCA when it comes to donated funds. For decades, the ASPCA has been airing tear-jerking commercials about homeless shelter pets and asking the public to donate towards saving them. In reality, however, almost none of the ASPCA’s budget goes towards helping local SPCAs or shelters, and in fact, many of the animals they show in puppy mill raids or hoarding busts end up dead. And now, the State Humane Association of California has filed a complaint against the national group.

According to an MSNBC.com story: “The complaint alleges that ASPCA’s unfair and deceptive fundraising practices harm local humane societies and SPCAs by capitalizing on and reinforcing the widely-held mistaken belief that the ASPCA is a parent or umbrella organization to the thousands of humane societies and SPCAs across the country.”

The complaint alleges that the aggressive fundraising practices by the ASPCA harms local shelters & rescue groups – which is completely logical. After all, the ASPCA can afford national TV commercials, while local shelters who are lacking in large budgets would have trouble competing.

Additionally, the Humane Society of the US is also facing issues. This week, several Missouri legislators requested an inquiry into the tax-exempt 501c3 status of the HSUS, claiming that the group is primarily a lobbying group. Any organization deemed a 501c3 cannot have lobbying as a substantial part of its ongoing activities, but many would argue that lobbying is the HSUS’ primary function.

According to the legislators’ complaint: “We believe that HSUS’s own public documents show beyond question that lobbying is a “substantial part” of its activities and feel that IRS’s failure to act is attributable to the politically sensitive nature of HSUS’s activities,” they wrote. Under the definition of Section 501 (c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Service code, an organization “may not attempt to influence legislation as a substantial part of its activities.”

These type of accusations were bound to happen eventually – organizations that operate under a veil of secrecy and obtain most of their donations through misleading the public through deceptive advertising/PR can’t get away with it forever. The truth will be revealed.