, a project of the nonprofit Center for Consumer Freedom, announced a national commercial targeting the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS). The ad, titled “Would You?,” airs on the Fox News Channel and asks viewers whether they would give to a “humane society” that runs zero pet shelters or that paid millions of their donors contributions to settle a racketeering lawsuit.

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“The Humane Society of the United States raises over $100 million a year. Surveys show much of that money is given based on the confusion that it’s a legitimate, mainstream pet group,” said Will Coggin, managing director of the Center for Consumer Freedom. “Animal lovers should send their donations to local shelters, not to a group that’s gone to the dogs.”

According to Humane Watch, the Humane Society of the United States is not affiliated with local humane societies that care for homeless pets and does not run a single pet shelter. In 2014, HSUS settled a racketeering lawsuit for nearly $11 million after it was caught paying a witness who lied in federal court. HSUS was also subject of a “consumer alert” and civil investigative demands issued by Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt that year.

Source: Humane Watch