Coleman Burke, then president of the American Bible Society, Cleveland Amory and Helen Jones, founded HSUS in 1954. Burke served as their President until 1970 when John Hoyt, a Presbyterian minister, took over as President and CEO until 1996. Hoyt was paid around $200,000 a year in the late 1980's for running the organization. In 1986, HSUS bought his house in Maryland for $310,000 and allowed him and his family to live there, free of rent, until 1992. When he retired as CEO, HSUS gave Hoyt a $1,000,000.00 bonus. From this point to 2004, Paul Irwin, a Methodist minister served as President and CEO. Irwin was paid $300,000 a year and was given an $85,000 interest free loan to renovate his cabin in Maine. The cabin was held in trust by HSUS, however his family continued to use it until he died. From here Wayne Pacelle took the reigns. Pacelle has had ties to the most radical animal rights groups, some of which are now on terrorist watch by the U.S government. What can we say about Mr. Pacelle besides being the Fuhrer of the vegan movement? How about we let him speak for himself,
"I think they wanted the aggressive approach," he says. "They wanted someone who was going to think things up. And they got him."
"We have no problem with the extinction of domestic animals. They are creations of human selective breeding."
It is interesting to point out that in 2004 the HSUS Board of Directors never had one veterinarian amongst them. Curious don't you think for an organization which has a primary goal of helping animals. Not so curious, however, for an animal rights group when you know the difference between animal rights and animal welfare.

Don't let the religious connections fool you, one of the first things that people should understand is that this organization was born out of misrepresentation. Although they use the designation of 'Humane Society' in their name they have no affiliation with the actual Humane Society and the good work they do. They use images of dogs and cats on their printed material, especially fund raising materials, to add to the facade. Basically filtering money away from the actual Humane Society which struggles to get by and helps countless domestic animals every year.

This would be a little less despicable if the HSUS was a meager organization but with $133 million in assets in 2003 and over $200 million by 2007, it makes them more like the mafia. Oh yes, their work has nothing to do with patches and fluffy. Well, maybe I should not say that, lets bring it into focus. The operating budget for an animal shelter in the United States is in the hundreds of thousands of dollars. In 2003 the HSUS cleared $76,923,670. After you filter through the smoke screen of how the money is split you're looking at about $3,517,175 that they report as going to animal shelters. In reality there is no direct record of how this money is given to the animal shelters. In fact, seeing the HSUS charges shelters $4000 - $20,000 for "instructional materials" and "assistance" one has to ask why they are in turn donating money to these same shelters. The reality would seem to be that no money in the form of donations makes its way to animal shelters. Also, in that same year the HSUS spent $21,145,769 in fund raising activities, almost one third of their overall income from the previous year. Dr. Joseph Goebbels would be proud.
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