By Greg Henderson for Beef Today’s "Grazing the Net" e-newsletter.
David Letterman held auditions for his "Stupid Pet Tricks" segment on CBS’ Late Show earlier this summer.
We’re wondering if Wayne Pacelle submitted an entry from the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), because their latest stunt is worthy of national recognition. Back in May it was revealed HSUS agreed to pay $15.75 million to settle a lawsuit filed by the feds under the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) Act.
That was the result of a suit filed against the owners of Ringling Bros. circus who were accused of mistreating elephants. The suit fell apart when the feds uncovered a scheme where the plaintiffs (HSUS) were paying a witness and the witness lied in court. But apparently HSUS still has plenty of cash. Now we learn HSUS has been stashing money in the Cayman Islands, calling them "investments." Shady? That’s what Charity Navigator, one of the most trust-worthy charity evaluators, thinks.
Charity Navigator downgraded HSUS from a 4-star to a 3-star rating earlier, but this week they removed the rating altogether, stamping the organization with a "Donor Advisory" warning. Read more on the story here.