UPDATE~Oklahoma Investigation of HSUS


Oklahoma Attorney General Subpoenas HSUS

In March, Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt announced that his office was opening an inquiry into the fundraising of the Humane Society of the United States, issuing a “consumer alert” to the public about national animal charities. Things have been fairly quiet in the news since then—until yesterday.

Speaking to the radio show “All Around Oklahoma Ag,” Pruitt offered an update of his office’s investigation of HSUS. Pruitt stated that his office has recently issued subpoenas to HSUS in light of the $25 million settlement that major HSUS contractor and direct-mail firm Quadriga Art agreed to with the New York Attorney General earlier this month.

Pruitt also revealed that his office has met with HSUS leadership, and it didn’t seem to go well. Pruitt says that HSUS’s reaction has been “in some respects, not good…there’s been denial.”

HSUS can deny that its fundraising is deceptive all it wants to, but we have its CEO Wayne Pacelle admitting last year, on audio, that “I think there is some confusion among the general public and I think there’s occasional confusion with, with donors.” You can’t play the denying game when you’ve already admitted that there’s a problem with your donors. Even for an organization with dozens of staff lawyers, it’s hard to talk your way around that one.

As for other states joining in an investigation of HSUS, Pruitt offered that “I’ve been in contact with other state attorneys general. We’ve talked about this on a national basis. … I don’t have concrete information about their involvement but we are talking about that.”

We’ll see—we’re hopeful that other offices will see the light about the deceptive fundraising of the Humane Society of the United States. As for Pruitt, he says, “Someone can sit across a table and say, ‘We’re doing it the right way,’ but when you raise literally hundreds of millions of dollars, and all that we see so far is less than 1 percent of those monies going into what would be considered local shelters, it is a very fair and right question to ask this organization nationally, are they being deceptive and unfair in their communications? … We intend to push that issue, we intend to find out and if in fact they are engaging in what we consider deceptive practices, we will bring enforcement actions…and seek to recover damages.”

Kudos to Pruitt for doggedly attempting to hold HSUS accountable. It sounds like he’s going to see this through.


Gives everyone from Oklahoma reason to be proud of being an OKIE

Disclaimer connected to this blog…Things said are of my opinion and the opinion of others…Stay tuned  -B


~ by topcatsroar on July 24, 2014.

3 Responses to “UPDATE~Oklahoma Investigation of HSUS”

  1. I, for one am so proud to be close to being an Okie! This AG is SPOT ON! His state has been wronged by the HSUS on more than one occasion! Tornado victims with millions of dollars donated to assist with their animals during this devastating time, yet the money never went to them at all???!!! I call B S also! Multiple drummed up charges, movies of their own training on deceptive techniques, outright lies and pitiful looking pictures of animals which may or may not have been abused or neglected! I have seen elderly and not so elderly humans in the horrible conditions they describe and show pictures of, and these humans are not used as poster people! Go, Oklahoma AG, Pruitt! Get on board the rest of you in other states! if HSUS will lie and deceive on the money end, what makes you think they will not lie and deceive on the pictures and circumstances they present to news stations and law enforcement officers which know no different? They are BAD! and their BADNESS puts innocent people lives in ruin, in jail, and their children in the care of others…..i mean COME ON! Go! A G Oklahoma!

  2. […] Lastly, I want to know what the Attorney General of Oklahoma thinks about the fairness of all this…Certainly times have changed in a BIG way since the Duhons made a plea agree: https://topcatsroar.wordpress.com/2014/07/24/updateoklahoma-investigation-of-hsus/ […]

  3. […] *The 22 page response from HSUS was not available at the time of this posting however their is a blog post in reference to the HSUS reference to the HSUS response: https://topcatsroar.wordpress.com/2014/08/15/from-humanewatch-hsus-response-to-attorney-general-investigation-misdirection/ and another here: https://topcatsroar.wordpress.com/2014/07/24/updateoklahoma-investigation-of-hsus/ […]

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