Not Much Benefit to Homeless Animals from HSUS, Report Says

Posted on January 5, 2011

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For Immediate Release / January 3, 2011

From the New Mexico Cattle Growers’ Association

P.O. Box 7517 / Albuquerque, New Mexico 87194    

Not Much Benefit to Homeless Animals from HSUS, Report Says

Recent news that less than half of every dollar donated to the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) actually goes to help homeless pets is no surprise to New Mexico agriculture.

“Groups like these take advantage of people’s good intentions,” said Bert Ancell, New Mexico Cattle Growers Association (NMCGA) President, Las Vegas.  “Their propaganda convinces people they are supporting a good cause, like feeding hungry animals, but donations are actually used to fund other activities.”

According to the 2010 “Watchdog Report” from Animal People News, HSUS spends half of every donated dollar on fundraising and other overhead costs.  “It’s shameful, really.  I understand why people contribute because no one, least of all a rancher, wants to see animals go hungry,” Ancell continued.  “Unfortunately, the NMCGA understands the kind of onerous policies and regulations the HSUS works to put in place.” 

Animal People News, the well-regarded newspaper of the animal rights movement, studied HSUS’s 2009 federal income tax return and determined that 50% of HSUS costs were “overhead,” not 29% as HSUS claims.  In addition, HSUS received a “D” rating in the American Institute of Philanthropy’s most recent quarterly “CharityWatch” guide and Charity Navigator now gives HSUS one star (out of four) for organizational efficiency.

Supporting local organizations, whose good work is easily verified, is the best way to make sure your dollars are put to the best use, he noted.  “There are hundreds of groups out there doing really good work on a variety of fronts, and the need is huge, especially considering today’s economy.  By doing a little research, a person can easily make sure their dollars are put to good use.”

The NMCGA has represented the beef industry in New Mexico and the West since 1914 and has members in all 33 of the state’s counties as well as some 14 other states. The Association participates in venues necessary to protect beef producers and private property rights including litigation, state and federal legislation and regulatory affairs.                          

For further information, contact:  Caren Cowan

505.247.0584 phone / nmcga@nmagriculture.org email

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