ASPCA pays circus $9.3 million to settle suit related to elephant litigation

The Center for Consumer Freedom, a business-funded nonprofit that has crossed swords with animal rights groups for more than a decade, said Friday that the Humane Society of the United States in particular will have trouble explaining its participation in the alleged RICO conspiracy.

Funds paid to Rider through that group’s contributions, the Center said, were dollars contributed by pet lovers who had no idea about the political war the HSUS was waging.

“While HSUS has spent this holiday season raising money with tear-jerking ads featuring pet rescues, the group really ought to be asking for money to pay their for their defense attorneys and shady dealings,” said the center’s executive director, Richard Berman. “This whole racketeering scheme reeks of something out of a mob drama.”

Editor’s note: The story has been updated to include a comment from Schneider that was received after publication.

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