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"The academic panel concluded that there appears to be little evidence to demonstrate that the welfare of animals kept in travelling circuses is any better or worse than that of animals kept in other captive environments" - Executive Summary of the DEFRA Circus Working Group 2007

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Friday, 30 November 2012

Not Taking Animals Much Into Account

Humane Watch provides more undeniable evidence damning the reputation of the world's largest animal rights organization, the Humane Society of the United States. As the name implies, Humane Watch keeps a close eye on the activities of this activist behemoth that donates less than 1% of its over one and a half million dollar revenue, mainly made up of legacies and donations left by what Rouster believe to be well-meaning and misguided individuals, intending their gifts to go to animal shelters

In their latest expose, Humane Watch reports:
  • "HSUS spent less than 1 percent of its budget on grants to pet shelters.
  • Meanwhile, HSUS had fundraising-related expenses of $48.1 million, or a whopping 38 percent of its total budget. If that doesn’t tell you the real priorities of HSUS, nothing will.
  • HSUS paid $7.7 million to Quadriga Art, a fundraising consultant recently exposed by CNN that is reportedly under investigation in New York and California. Between 2009 and 2011, HSUS paid Quadriga about $25 million.
  • HSUS also reported paying about $333,000 to Infocision Management, whose questionable practices were exposed by Bloomberg this fall.
  • HSUS added another $2.4 million to its pension plan, bringing the total to about $17 million since Wayne Pacelle took over as CEO in 2004.
  • Speaking of Pacelle, he pulled in just under $300,000 in compensation. That brings his total haul since joining HSUS to about $3 million.
  • In all, HSUS had 24 people who received more than $100,000 in compensation.
  • HSUS’s “All Animals” magazine had a circulation of about 530,000. That’s a good estimate of HSUS’s true membership size, since the magazine is included with a $25 membership. (HSUS likes to claim it has a “constituency” of 11 million, which inflates its influence greatly.)
"In short, HSUS as usual had plenty of money to spare for overheads. But its giving to pet shelters—which desperately need resources in this economy—was once again scant."

Astley's Legacy was formed to counter the misinformation and propaganda spread by animal rights activists. As well as fighting the corner for circus animals and their trainers, we are here to promote and celebrate the cultural heritage of circus in general, and especially in the country of its birth - Great Britain. For more information please see our Facebook group
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