A short blog this time: the numbers speak for themselves. Since 2005, the Humane Society of the United States has realized more than US$515million dollars in revenues. Not a dollar of this has been devoted to promoting what helps other animals most: their right not to be used as property and veganism as the unequivocal moral baseline for taking that right seriously.
Now, I'm not a microeconomist, and so, I may get the math wrong here, but this seems pretty clear. I am not saying that they do not engage in other work or education programs, pay salaries and so on. HSUS does. What I am saying is that none of these education programs explain to people what they owe other animals (veganism and the abolition of their status as our property) or how they can best help other animals (veganism and the abolition of their status as our property). I am also saying that it is simply amazing and shameful that an organization promotes the consumption of some animals while generating hundreds of millions of dollars in revenues promoting a supposedly "humane" approach to our relationship with nonhuman animals.
According to HSUS' annual reports, they generated the following revenues:
2005 Revenues: $140,912,085
2006 Revenues: $122,635,763
2007 Revenues: $120,552,973
2008 Revenues: $131,281,168
Or about $515 million dollars since 2005. How are they spending the money? There's a popular myth that HSUS devotes a majority of its wealth to direct animal care. But according to their annual reports:
In 2006, $6,608,349 (5.3% compared with revenues) went to animal care facilities. In 2006, $14,112,951 (11.5% compared with revenues) went to fundraising.
In 2007, $6,677,918 (5.5% compared with revenues) went to animal care facilities. in 2007, $12,861,237 (10.6% compared with revenues) went to fundraising.
In 2008, $6,774,268 (5.1% compared with revenues) went to animal care facilities. In 2008, $27,533,910 (20.9% compared with revenues) went to fundraising.
The pattern seems pretty clear, and it's a pretty shameful one. Almost double the amount spent on fundraising compared with animal care facilities, year after year, until 2008, when it jumps to more than 4 times as much.
If you want to take nonhuman animals seriously, you can start today. It doesn't require a donation; you can start by taking the rights of animals not to be used as property seriously, by going vegan and by working toward abolishing (not regulating) their status as our slaves. It won't cost you anything, but the value to other animals is incalculable.
If you are not vegan, go vegan today. If you are already vegan, and not an abolitionist, read my other articles or check out Gary L. Francione's Web site http//www.abolitionistapproach.com to learn more about the approach.