Center for Consumer Freedom asks people to help their local pet shelters.

WASHINGTON, DC – -( During the 91st annual Academy Awards this Sunday, the Center for Consumer Freedom is running an ad recognizing the Humane Society of the United States for its own recent accolade: a “D” rating from the charity evaluator CharityWatch. This rating was earned by HSUS for its poor management of donor funds.

According to tax records, HSUS has put nearly $50 million into offshore funds in the Caribbean—money it could use to help animals.

The commercial, which will air in the Washington, D.C. market, asks viewers not to donate to the Humane Society of the United States and instead choose local pet shelters. HSUS does not run a single pet shelter and is not affiliated with local humane societies, despite its name. Much like Hollywood, HSUS is recovering from its own “#MeToo” scandal, with its CEO Wayne Pacelle stepping down last year—though the board of directors that voted to keep him and close an investigation into his alleged sexual misconduct is still largely intact.

Will Coggin, managing director of the Center for Consumer Freedom, commented: “The Humane Society of the United States deserves detention for putting money ahead of animals. Animal lovers should give to their local shelters, not to bloated national organizations that spend their money on big executive salaries, pensions, and lobbyists.”

Center for Consumer Freedom

The Center for Consumer Freedom, which operates and, has served as a watchdog of the animal rights movement for more than a decade.

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