• W Greene

    Even with Pacelle
    (officially) gone, his enablers remain in firm control and a culture of secrecy
    and corruption still looms at the top of HSUS. Also, keep in mind that
    when Pacelle supposedly “left” the Fund for Animals, he still
    remained in control via his handpicked executive staff and board members.
    That dynamic still exists at HSUS with Mike Markarian, Holly Hazard,
    Heidi Prescott, Josh Balk and all the board members who voted to shut down
    the sexual harassment investigation and to keep Pacelle in
    place. Wayne Pacelle’s misconduct at HSUS goes far beyond sexual
    harassment allegations. He has, as a matter of routine, lied about his
    accomplishments and used charitable resources to publicize false claims
    that elevated his stature and fostered the kind of hero
    worship that has been so pervasive. This put the women he interacted
    with at a tremendous disadvantage when considering whether or not to report inappropriate
    behavior. His fabricated victories enabled his predatory ways by
    attracting followers and by insulating him from accountability and

    Pacelle generated
    tremendous publicity for himself when he announced a legislative deal with
    United Egg Producers, which he claimed would “outlaw battery cages
    nationwide.” In reality, that deal would have kept laying
    hens confined inside egg factory cages in perpetuity.

    Facing litigation that
    included charges of bribery, money laundering, and obstruction of justice (a
    check signed by Pacelle was apparently used to pay a witness who had
    repeatedly lied under oath), HSUS settled a massive RICO lawsuit by paying
    the owners of Ringling Brothers Circus millions of dollars of charitable
    donations that should have been used to protect animals. That’s in
    addition to all the money in legal fees that were paid out. This use of
    charitable dollars – to cover the improper conduct of Pacelle and other
    executive staff – was not unlike the misuse of funds used to essentially buy the
    silence of women allegedly sexually harassed at HSUS.

    here: https://www.hfa.org/pdf/Corruption-RICO_Lawsuit-HSUS.pdf

    In the biggest blunder
    in animal rights history, Pacelle squandered over $10 million dollars on
    Proposition 2, the botched 2008 initiative that resulted in millions
    of laying hens being subjected to more than nine years (and counting)
    of preventable cage confinement. Nevertheless, Pacelle’s continuously
    repeated claim that he had “outlawed” battery cages in California has been his
    biggest claim to fame. Pacelle and the egg industry have now
    introduced yet another ballot initiative in California. This new
    initiative would declare battery cages legal in California for
    additional years and would forever allow the egg industry to
    provide hens with as little as one square foot of floor space
    per bird.

    Details here: https://www.hfa.org/legalizing-california-battery-cages.html

    None of the above
    would have been possible without the complicity of the HSUS executive staff
    and members of the board of directors. Just as Pacelle provided
    cover for Paul Shapiro, HSUS’s senior staff and board members
    have covered for Pacelle’s behavior. There needs to be a clean