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Humane Society under pressure over shelter campaigns

The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) says that is is being targeted by a group, Humane Society for Shelter Pets, that claims the HSUS is not donating enough money to local animal shelters, The Associated Press reports.

The HSUS claims that the group is trying to starve it of funding by running ads that tell readers to donate their money to local shelters instead of to the HSUS. It claims that the founder of the group is Rick Berman, a conservative public relations executive. The organization also claims that Berman’s organization is being funded by large-scale agricultural interests - the same ones that the HSUS is trying to fight in order to achieve humane conditions for farm animals.

The group’s co-founder, Jeff Douglas, said it was formed in order to educate people who want to donate money to local shelters, since many people donate to the HSUS thinking the money will go to these small animal rescue facilities.

HSUS president and CEO Wayne Pacelle told the news source that the group’s ads are misleading because shelters are not his organization's main mission. He added that donors to the HSUS understand its role in providing grants, education and federal action in the name of animals.

The Humane Society for Shelter Pets is not the first organization to criticize the HSUS for not donating to animal shelters. HumaneWatch is another organization that claims that the organization’s ads mislead people into thinking that they support local shelters, when in fact they do not.
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