PeTA is the foremost group in the animal rights movement. Understand there is a critical difference between animal rights and animal welfare. Animal welfare activists work toward ensuring the humane treatment of animals used by humans for whatever reason. Animal rights activists work toward eliminating all use of animals by people, whether for food, clothing, critical medical research, or the enjoyment of pets, and they often use violence and intimidation to acomplish these goals.
"Arson, property destruction, burglary and theft are 'acceptable crimes' when used for the animal cause." (Alex Pacheco, chairman of PETA, New York Times interview)
According to the 1995 tax forms filed with the IRS, the HSUS claimed a budget of $38,102,167. The numbers are higher today, I have recently heard the HSUS budget has grown to $50 million, but I have no acceptable proof at this time to support that.
Wow, $38 million! Thats enough to bankroll a major humane shelter in every state, and fund massive spay/neuter programs nationwide. So how many animal shelters benefit from this huge sum? NONE. Not even one. The HSUS operates no humane shelters at all. All this work is done by local organizations which have no affiliation with the HSUS. The HSUS does however very effectively use the plight of animals and people's concern for them as a fund raising tool. The vast majority of people who contribute to the HSUS truly believe this is what the money is for. After all, look at all the sad faces on the puppies and kittens we see in the flyers we find in our mailboxes. This practice can be accurately described as fraud, possibly not legally, but at least morally. They are misleading the public by giving them the impression that their money is going for something it is not.
According to the tax forms filed by PeTA with the IRS, in fiscal 1995 they claimed a $12 million budget, 1996 saw a $10.9 million budget. Of this, $3,955 in 1995 and $6,100 in 1996 was spent on shelter programs.
Alternately, PeTA made $1,485,076 in donations. $1.3 million or 90%, of this they donated to themselves by giving it to their satellite offices in Germany, the Netherlands, and England. After their own offices, the largest donation made was $45,200 given to Rodney Coronado, an animal rights terrorist, to help his legal fight to avoid going to prison for the firebombing of medical research facilities.
One more thing. In 2006, PeTA's tax forms indicated that 90% of the animals it picked up were euthanized. The number of the animals is what exactly? Just over 1000 cats and dogs were killed. Since 2006, the numbers have decreased slightly staying at a steady pace of 600-900 each year. Also, the euthanization process used by PeTA are not legal. They are not trained vetrinarians and often have to go through illegal actions to obtian the drug. Most veteranians are dubious to give ther drugs to these people, so where do they get them? Or, how do they kill them? This is on file and even viewable ot the public.