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HSUS leader Wayne Pacelle resigns, ag says 'good riddance'

Angela Weiss/GettyImages for The Humane Society Of The United States Former President and CEO of The Humane Society of the United States, Wayne Pacelle
Former President and CEO of The Humane Society of the United States, Wayne Pacelle.
Kitty Block has been named acting chief executive.

Humane Society of the United States CEO Wayne Pacelle resigned Friday amid sexual misconduct allegations. The allegations were first reported in the Washington Post and at first it looked like Pacelle would keep his job. But after donors began crying foul, Pacelle turned in his resignation.

Here’s a look at what happened: 

The Washington Post reported January 29, 2018, an internal investigation of HSUS identified three complaints of sexual harassment by chief executive Wayne Pacelle.

Morgan Lewis personnel reportedly interviewed 33 witnesses, including three women who issued specific complaints against Pacelle. –

Pacelle held onto support from the majority of the board on Thursday, Feb. 1, but by the afternoon of Friday, Feb. 2, donors and employees of the organization were distancing themselves from him and Pacelle resigned. – The New York Times

Kitty Block has been named as acting chief executive of the Humane Society of the United States. – National Public Radio

Among the reaction:

It’s been a roller-coaster week for the Humane Society of the United States. –

I hate to write this blog post with a bit of a smile— after all, women in the workplace suffered at the hands of this heartless and overpaid activist — however, you know what they say about karma…and I must say, on behalf of all of us in the beef industry, good bye and good riddance, Wayne. – Beef Magazine 

And in related news:

Politico reported that Paul Shapiro, who led the Humane Society's Farm Animal Protection division until early January, was accused of sexual harassment by four female employees in 2016. - Bustle

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