August 16, 2022
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HumaneWatch.org asks ND Attorney General to investigate funding practices of HSUS

The Center for Consumer Freedom’s HumaneWatch.org has petitioned North Dakota Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem to investigate fundraising practices of the Humane Society of the United States.

HumaneWatch.org released a full report on Thursday exposing what they say is HSUS’s misleading telemarketing, direct mail, and television appeals. The analysis reveals that the animal rights group’s fundraising activities might be more than just dishonest, speculating that these tactics could violate some charitable solicitation or consumer protection laws in the Peace Garden State.

The new report delves into years of HSUS’s direct mail, telemarketing, and television appeals. HumaneWatch.org also looked through the group’s tax returns to find just 1 percent of its multi-million dollar budget goes to local hands-on shelters and rescues. That’s a surprise to many of HSUS’s own donors. Recent public polling by ORC International determined that 71 percent of Americans believe that HSUS is a pet shelter umbrella group, and 68 percent think that HSUS spends most of its money on pet shelters.

“HSUS is a factory fundraising machine, sucking valuable dollars out of local communities with its advertisements that mislead donors into believing a majority of its budget benefits local cats and dogs,” said J. Justin Wilson, CCF’s Senior Research Analyst. “HumaneWatch’s new report clearly demonstrates that HSUS is fully aware of its deceptive fundraising tactics.”

“The truth is HSUS knows what opens Americans’ wallets and it’s not photos of HSUS’s sad-looking lawyers and lobbyists,” continued Wilson. “If HSUS wants to spend its donations funding its PETA-like agenda, it shouldn’t be doing it on the backs of America’s needy pet shelters and by misleading Americans.”

Source: CCF

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