The polite way to describe my opinion of the Humane Society of the United states is ‘Im not a fan‘.
For those of you who are unaware, HSUS has absolutely nothing to do with ‘the Humane Society’ that rescues animals in your community. HSUS has nothing to do with rescuing animals at all– they give less than 1% of their income to shelters. Technically, against rescuing animals– they wanted Michael Vicks dogs killed (while they became BFFs with Vick), but thankfully, some people know better than to listen to HSUS and the dogs are okay.
HSUS is functionally a political group with a habit of capitalizing on our love of animals and pictures of (and suffering of) homeless dogs and cats to fund their political moves– pretty much stopping animal farming, all the way down to egg production, and of course, no animal research.
Happily, there are groups like ‘Humane Watch‘ who are doing something about HSUS. Most of the things they do are the usual stuffy political things, but Humane Watch can be lighthearted too. I LOVE their new HSUS spoof commercial: