The Humane Society of the United States
HSUS is now the nation’s largest animal protection organization with 11 million members and constituents, annual revenue of $130 million, and assets of $200 million. The Humane Society of the United States is the nation’s largest and most effective animal protection organization—backed by 11 million Americans, or one in every 28. Established in 1954, The HSUS seeks a humane and sustainable world for all animals—a world that will also benefit people. They are America’s mainstream force against cruelty, exploitation and neglect, as well as the most trusted voice extolling the human-animal bond.
Today, Wayne Pacelle is the president and chief executive officer of The Humane Society of the United States. Pacelle took office June 1, 2004 after serving for nearly 10 years as the organization’s chief lobbyist and spokesperson.
“Pacelle has retooled a venerable organization seen as a mild-mannered protector of dogs and cats into an aggressive interest group flexing muscle in state legislatures and courtrooms.” the Los Angeles Times reported “The arrival of Wayne Pacelle as head of the Humane Society in 2004 both turbo-charged the farm animal welfare movement and gave it a sheen of respectability.” wrote The New York Times. Even, Supermarket News included Pacelle on its annual Power 50 list of influential individuals in food marketing, writing that “there’s no denying his growing influence on how animal agriculture is practiced in the United States.” In 2004, HSUS merged with The Fund for Animals and in 2006 with the Doris Day Animal League. Recently, Pacelle created the Humane Society Veterinary Medical Association, after the formerly named Association of Veterinarians for Animal Rights was brought into the HSUS family. He also co-founded the National Federation of Humane Societies (NFHS), a trade association principally representing local humane societies accross the nation.
HSUS has worked relentlessly for the passage of more than 500 new state laws just since 2001, and helping to pass more than 25 federal statutes to protect animals in the last decade – including laws to protect the great apes in their native habitats (2000), to halt any interstate transport of fighting animals (2002) and to make interstate transport of fighting animals a felony (2007), to halt commerce in big cats for the pet trade (2003), to establish federal standards to include pets in disaster planning and response (2006), and to ban the import of puppy mills from foreign countries (2008). HSUS has also been the prime mover of a large number of amendments to halt funding for programs that harm animals, including a program to stop funding for the mink industry and the slaughter of American horses for human consumption. He has testified before U.S. House and Senate committees on a wide range of animal protection issues, on subjects relating to the mistreatment of downer cows, the banning of “canned hunting,” securing adequate funding for the Animal Welfare Act and other wildlife and animal protection programs, halting the trophy hunting of threatened and endangered species, combating cockfighting and dogfighting, stopping horse slaughter, cracking down on puppy mills, stemming the exotic pet trade, halting bear baiting, protecting Yellowstone’s buffalo, and dealing with Chronic Wasting Disease.
Visit http://www.humanesociety.org/ Humane Society legislative Fund which enables HSUS to lobby and get political http://www.hslf.org/ and Humane society International http://www.hsi.org/