Founded in 1954 by Fred Myers, Helen Jones, Larry Andrews, and Marcia Glaser. The groupâ??s current major campaigns target five issues: intensive farming, animal fighting, the fur trade, pet breeders and hunting. HSUS has a history of publicizing false information in an effort to raise money. It also spends millions on programs that seek to economically cripple meat and dairy producers; eliminate the use of animals in biomedical research labs; phase out pet breeding, zoos, and circus animal acts; and demonize hunters as crazed lunatics.
The HSUS is the biggest and richest animal rights group in the world today. According to their 2007 tax returns, HSUS raised 107 million dollars and has assets of 231 million dollars. Despite all the money they raise, HSUS does not run a single animal shelter. Only 3.64% of the 107 million actually went towards helping out real animal shelters. The Humane Society of the United States is a â??humane societyâ? in name only. The HSUS does not oversee local animal care, humane shelters or animal control agencies of any kind. The HSUS is simply an animal rights lobby group.
In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, HSUS did their duty by holding press releases and soliciting donations. Efforts to actually do anything for the animals however, fell a little short. Estimates put the money raised during this period at 34.6 million dollars. Public disclosures of the disposition of the $34 million in Katrina-related donations add up to less than $7 million. So HSUS made 34 million and only spent 7 million helping the animals. The State of Louisiana was so unhappy with the HSUS that they got kicked out of the state, thus cutting short the extended fund-raising stay. Public disclosures of the disposition of the $34 million in Katrina-related donations add up to less than $7 million. So HSUS made 34 million and only spent 7 million helping the animals.
The real local animal welfare groups in the area are also furious. They saved thousands of animals during Katrina with almost no monetary support while the HSUS received millions in donations and made very little contribution to the overall animal rescue effort.