Humane Society of the United States

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Humane Society of the United States
Humane Society of the United States logo.PNG
President:Wayne Pacelle
Year created:1954
Humane Society of the United States "is the nation's largest animal protection organization." This organization works to "reduce suffering and improve the lives of all animals by advocating for better laws; investigating animal cruelty; encouraging corporations to adopt animal-friendly policies; conducting disaster relief and animal rescue; and providing direct care for thousands of animals at our sanctuaries, emergency shelters, wildlife rehabilitation centers, and mobile veterinary clinics."[1] Their mission statement is "Celebrating Animals, Confronting Cruelty."[2]


The Humane Society of the United States was originally started in 1954 as the National Humane Society. It was started by a group of members that broke away from the American Humane Association over a dispute involving the use animals from the pound and local animal shelters in private biomedical research. As a result, the HSUS's first legislative action was to regulate animal experimentation and advocate for humane slaughter. Co-founder Fred Myers said, "every individual person, and particularly everyone who endorses the use of animals in research, has a moral obligation to know the facts and to do all that can be done to protect the animals from preventable suffering."[3]


The HSUS is led by President Wayne Pacelle. The group is run by Parcelle, along with other members of the executive team and the Board of Directors.[4]


The Humane Society lists their issues on their website. They are as follows:[5]

  • Fur
  • Animal cruelty and fighting
  • Factory farming
  • Wildlife abuse
  • Wildlife management
  • Captive wildlife
  • Threats to wildlife
  • Pet protection
  • Animals in laboratories
  • Equine protection
  • Animal rescue
  • Opposition

2014 elections

The Humane Society worked with several other groups to collect enough signatures to place a Michigan wolf hunting referendum on the November 2014 ballot. The referendum would ban wolf hunting in Michigan.[6]

2012 elections

The Humane Society spent a total of $419,000 in the 2012 election cycle. The breakdown by category is as follows:[7]

  • $239,000 in contributions to candidates
  • $10,000 in contributions to leadership PACs
  • $12,500 in contributions to parties
  • $170,000 in contributions to outside spending groups

Top recipients

Top 10 largest Humane Society recipients in 2012[7]
Recipient Total
Iowans for Intergrity in Leadership (outside spending group) $150,000
House Majority PAC (outside spending group) $20,000
Earl Blumenauer $10,000
Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee (Party committee) $10,000
Betty Sue Sutton $10,000
Tony Strickland $7,500
John Campbell $7,000
Debbie Stabenow $6,000
Dan Burton $5,500
Sam Farr $5,500

Recent news

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