In a survey commissioned by the nonprofit Center for Consumer Freedom, researcher David Martosko found that most Americans think the Humane Society of the United States is a worthy charity. But very few Americans understand what HSUS really is. Martosko calls it - a super-rich lobbying group that puts more money into its executive pensions than in the hands of local humane societies.
As an example, in 2008 HSUS distributed less than one-half of one percent of its budget to hands-on pet shelters. The survey of 1,008 Americans revealed that 71 percent of Americans incorrectly believe the Humane Society of the United States is an - umbrella group - for America’s local humane societies.
Sixty-three percent incorrectly think their local - humane society - is affiliated with HSUS. And fifty-nine percent falsely believe HSUS - contributes most of its money - to local organizations that care for cats and dogs.
Martosko, who is Director of Research for the Center for Consumer Freedom, believes - these numbers indicate that Americans don’t really know what the Humane Society of the United States is all about. He says - HSUS intentionally uses those sad dogs and cats in its TV infomercials as props in an animal rights fundraising shell game. Meanwhile, thousands of American pet shelters are underfunded and struggling.