Press Release

New York Times Ad Condemns Humane Society of the United States for Terror Fundraising

Washington — A full-page ad from the nonprofit Center for Consumer Freedom will appear in the front section of the December 11 New York Times, accusing the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) of helping an animal-rights terrorism group raise money.

On December 13, HSUS Senior Vice President Heidi Prescott is scheduled to deliver a keynote address at The Humane League of Philadelphia’s holiday fundraising party. The Humane League of Philadelphia was founded in July 2002 as the Philadelphia chapter of Stop Huntingdon Animal Cruelty (SHAC), an organization convicted in 2006 — along with six of its national leaders — on federal domestic terrorism charges.

The Humane League of Philadelphia’s own president, Nick Cooney, was convicted in 2006 of making terroristic threats against the children of a pharmaceutical company employee.

The Center for Consumer Freedom’s ad includes a timeline showing the evolution of The Humane League of Philadelphia, and reads in part:

The Humane Society of the United States claims to be a mainstream, peaceful advocate for animals. Why is it helping a terrorist group raise money?

There’s a lot you don’t know about the Humane Society of the United States. Learn more at

Speaking about the Times ad, Center for Consumer Freedom Director of Research David Martosko said: “It’s shocking but true. The Humane Society of the United States is not the mainstream animal-protection group it pretends to be. Consorting with the violent underbelly of the animal rights movement is a clear sign that this group has lost its way. America’s dog and cat shelters could benefit from a genuine national Humane Society. But HSUS is just a PETA knock-off with more money and the same warped agenda.”

Martosko continued: “The Humane League of Philadelphia and SHAC Philly are one and the same. SHAC is a convicted terrorist group that has targeted its victims and their families for many years. It’s remarkable that the Humane Society of the United States thought it could get away with lending support to these people.”

The New York Times ad is available at

Founded in 1996, the Center for Consumer Freedom is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization devoted to promoting personal responsibility and protecting consumer choices. For more information, visit


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