HUMANE SOCIETY STAFFER ACCUSED OF EMBEZZLING
SCI members have long known that the anti-hunting group “The Humane Society of the United States” embodies a massive fundraising deception. By including “Humane Society” in its name, it has successfully fooled millions of well-intentioned donors into believing that their contributions are going to help support local animal shelters. In truth, less than one percent of the HSUS budget is granted to these underfunded local shelters.
So where does the rest go? To fund emotional campaigns against hunting, ranching, even biomedical research. But that’s not all. HSUS has also stashed $50 million of donor money in hedge funds based in Bermuda and the Cayman Islands. And that was after HSUS agreed to pay a settlement of more than $15 million to settle a federal bribery and racketeering lawsuit. These are just some of the reasons that Charity Navigator has issued a “donor advisory” about HSUS.
But now, there’s a little bit less in the HSUS coffers. The ABC affiliate in the Washington, D.C. market has reported that an HSUS employee has been criminally charged with embezzling more than $30,000 from the animal rights group. Most of the funds apparently went to fund a fancy vacation in Aruba. The fraud apparently went on for more than two years, and was only discovered when the employee’s new supervisor directed a “light audit” to be performed.
SCI President Larry Higgins took note of all the irony in this news account, saying, “Somehow it’s not all that surprising that a group built on deception has now found dishonest behavior in its own ranks. As HSUS has sown, so shall it reap.”