Capitalizing on Confusion
California - In 2008, we wrote a post (See: Each Humane Society is a Separate and Distinct Organization) concerning this issue. Most persons are unaware that national animal groups like the ASPCA are not affiliated with nor serve as an umbrella organization to local SPCA groups. In a recent complaint, the State Humane Association of California alleges unfair and deceptive fundraising practices by the ASPCA, which harm local SPCA and humane groups.
The State Humane Association of California, on May 3, 2011, filed a complaint with the Office of the Attorney General against the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA), alleging unfair and deceptive fundraising practices which harm local humane societies and SPCAs. The complaint alleges that ASPCA capitalizes on and intentionally reinforces the widely held, mistaken belief that it is a parent or umbrella organization to the thousands of humane societies and SPCAs across the country...
Most of us are familiar with the ASPCA’s commercials featuring Grammy-award-winning musician, singer, and songwriter Sarah McLachlan and comedian Dan Aykroyd. The commercials feature heartbreaking images of abused and neglected animals as a backdrop to their compelling plea for donations. However, the commercials do not reveal that the ASPCA is not directly affiliated with any of the thousands of humane societies and SPCAs across the country. - Opposing Views
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