In May 2014, HSUS was part of a $15.75 million settlement of a federal racketeering lawsuit. Feld Entertainment sued HSUS, two of its in-house lawyers, and others under the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) Act for bribery, obstruction of justice, fraud, and other torts. Court documents indicate that HSUS sent several checks as part of an alleged witness-payment scheme.

HSUS paid $7.7 million to Quadriga Art, a direct mail firm that this year agreed to pay $25 million to settle an investigation by the New York Attorney General. Quadriga was exposed by CNN in 2012 in connection with charity scams. Quadriga was HSUS’s second-largest independent contractor in 2013 and HSUS has paid about $40 million to Quadriga over the past several years.

After Hurricane Katrina devastated the Gulf Coast in 2005, the HSUS asked the public to make extra donations to the HSUS so that it could help the animals on the Gulf Coast. Of the more than $31 Million that the HSUS collected that was to be used to help animals on the Gulf Coast, the HSUS publicly reported spending only a little more than $1,000,000 to build two new shelters in Louisiana and Mississippi. “WHERE DID THE REST OF THE $31 MILLION GO?”

Louisiana Attorney General Charles Foti Jr. has opened an inquiry into allegations involving funds raised for reuniting pets and their owners by the Humane Society of the United States. The attorney general announced in late March that it had asked the HSUS for an accounting of all funds the humane organization had raised for pet rescue and reunion with pet owners in the aftermath of hurricanes Katrina and Rita.

In the last 10 years the HSUS has received over ONE BILLION DOLLARS ($1,000,000,000,000) of tax -exempt contributions. While some have reported that the HSUS, which does not operate a single shelter anywhere in the U.S., contributes less than 1% of its revenue to help shelters, the HSUS claims that it spends up to 20% of its revenue helping to care for animals. Even if you accept the 20% representation of the HSUS at face value, which is a dubious claim, “WHERE DID THE OTHER $800 MILLION GO?”

An analysis of HSUS’s tax returns determined that HSUS funneled $16.3 million to its executive pension plan between 1998 and 2009—over $1 million more than HSUS gave to pet shelters during that period.

Speaking to an animal rights conference in 2006, HSUS’s then vice president for farm animal issues stated that HSUS’s goal is to “get rid of the entire [animal agriculture] industry” and that “we don’t want any of these animals to be raised and killed.

An analysis of HSUS’s TV fundraising appeals that ran between January 2009 and September 2011 determined that more than 85 percent of the animals shown were cats and dogs. However, HSUS doesn’t run a single pet shelter and only gives 1 percent of the money it raises to pet shelters, and it has spent millions on anti-farming and anti-hunting political campaigns.

HSUS scams Americans out of millions of dollars through manipulative and deceptive advertising.
HSUS receives poor charity-evaluation marks. CharityWatch (formerly the American Institute of Philanthropy) has issued several “D” ratings for HSUS in recent years over the group’s wasteful spending practices. CharityWatch , finds HSUS spends as little as 63 percent of its budget on its programs.

CharityWatch now gives HSUS a “C-plus” grade for being slightly less wasteful. Additionally, the 2013 Animal People News Watchdog Report discovered that HSUS spends 55 percent of its budget on overhead costs.

HSUS’s senior management includes a former spokesman for the Animal Liberation Front (ALF), a criminal group designated as “terrorists” by the FBI.
HSUS president Wayne Pacelle hired John “J.P.” Goodwin in 1997, the same year Goodwin described himself as “spokesperson for the ALF” while he fielded media calls in the wake of an ALF arson attack at a California meat processing plant. In 1997, when asked by reporters for a reaction to an ALF arson fire at a farmer’s feed co-op in Utah (which nearly killed a family sleeping on the premises), Goodwin replied, “We’re ecstatic.”

Sent over 50 million to tax shelter instead of pet shelter in 2012 and 2013.

Six Members of Congress have called for a federal investigation of HSUS. In April 2011, six Congressmen wrote the IRS Inspector General showing concerns over HSUS’s attempts to influence public policy, which they believe has “brought into question [HSUS’s] tax-exempt 501(c)(3) status.”

Have been or in the process of being investigated by more than a dozen states for deceptive fund raising.

In 2010 HSUS set up a fund of $325,000 and named it “Arizonans against Government Power Grab” to defeat Prop 109 that would allow Arizona to manage Arizona’s wild life. Tucson citizen Sandra Froman (a Harvard Graduate and prominent attorney of over 30 years) backed by Senator John McCain and Congressman Trent Franks labeled HSUS as extremists “that use fear and emotions instead of facts and science”. The $325,000 used for deceptive advertising was acquired falsely under the pretense that donations to HSUS would benefit dogs. (By the way, we as a community could have spayed or neutered about 3,000 pit bulls for $325,000.)

According to MuttShack Animal Rescue, “We just completed the largest animal evacuation in the history of New Orleans. After its completion, HSUS drove their trucks up in front of the whole deal, shot some footage and has posted it on their website as their own rescue.”(

Iowa Republican Steve King stated, “I’ve long believed that the best antidote to waste, fraud, and abuse in Congress or any other legislative body is transparency. As more and more facts about HSUS enter into the public domain, elected officials will have no choice but to respond and reassess their existing notions of what that organization stands for. The record clearly shows that HSUS has a habit of “raiding” locations of alleged animal abuse; and in the process of this fear mongering, HSUS capitalizes on self-serving publicity. Meanwhile, HSUS leaves local shelters in these same areas high and dry by offering no supplemental funding for the care of the allegedly affected animals.” Understandably, the HSUS does not care for Mr. King. That’s most likely why the legislative fund of HSUS spent $550,000 of duped donor’s money trying to defeat him in favor of Christine Vilsack, a person with ties to HSUS.