The HSUS has close working relationships with state wildlife agencies all across the country.
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The California Department of Fish and Wildlife has announced that it will be holding its second public workshop on June 3 to discuss the implementation of California’s new lead ammunition ban, signed into law last year by Gov. Jerry Brown after being championed by the Governor’s personal dog walker and Humane Society lobbyist . While this simple public forum may appear benign, this law (AB 711) illustrates the duplicitous work of the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS).
According to its website , HSUS is “the nation’s largest and most effective animal protection organization.” However, the group is not affiliated with your local shelter or dog and cat assistance agency. Earlier this year Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt issued a consumer alert about the organization’s fund raising tactics even as state residents were discovering their donations made to HSUS would not help animals displaced by the devastating Moore tornadoes.
Despite deceiving their donors into believing that they are supporting animal welfare efforts with their contributions, only 1 percent of its budget goes to local animal shelters. In fact, in 2012, HSUS put $20 million worth of its assets into Caribbean investment funds, as the organization Humane Watch, pointed out in a full-page ad in USA Today. Those assets could see a huge debit if HSUS uses them to fund the $15.75 million settlement it and co-defendants reached last week with Fed Entertainment, parent company of Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus, ending nearly 14 years of frivolous litigation over the care of Asian elephants.