Humane Society of the United States
|Humane Society of the United States|
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."
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.
The Humane Society lists their issues on their website. They are as follows:
- Animal cruelty and fighting
- Factory farming
- Wildlife abuse
- Wildlife management
- Captive wildlife
- Threats to wildlife
- Pet protection
- Animals in laboratories
- Equine protection
- Animal rescue
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.
The Humane Society spent a total of $419,000 in the 2012 election cycle. The breakdown by category is as follows:
- $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 10 largest Humane Society recipients in 2012|
|Iowans for Intergrity in Leadership (outside spending group)||$150,000|
|House Majority PAC (outside spending group)||$20,000|
|Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee (Party committee)||$10,000|
|Betty Sue Sutton||$10,000|
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- Archive at The Hill
- Humane Society of the United States, "About Us," accessed February 13, 2011
- Humane Society, "About us," accessed December 9, 2013
- Humane Society, "Fred Myers," accessed December 9, 2013
- Humane Society.org, "Leadership," accessed December 10, 2013
- Humane Society.org, "Issues," accessed December 10, 2013
- Humane Society.org," "Accomplishments," accessed December 10, 2013 (dead link)
- OpenSecrets, "Humane Society," accessed December 10, 2013