SHARK’s video exposing Animal Charity Evaluators (ACE): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3inYlGkFNv0
ACE’s response: https://animalcharityevaluators.org/transparency/criticisms/shark/
Showing Animals Respect and Kindness (SHARK) recently released a video exposing Animal Charity Evaluators (ACE). ACE issued a response, one that ignored the major points of our video. Because we believe that there are serious ramifications to what ACE does, including that innumerable animal lives are at stake, we are continuing this discussion
1. ACE calls Ducks Unlimited (DU), a pro-hunting group that is responsible for slaughtering millions of animals, “General Animal Welfare” and “Wild Animal Rescue and Shelter.” That they did this is undeniable.
For ACE to say they rejected DU while leaving their name on their "All Charity Reviews” webpage, and therefore misleading people into thinking DU is a pro-animal group, is ludicrous. If we can’t trust ACE to do something as simple as to check and see if a group they are considering to review is anti-animal, why would we trust anything they put out?
Our point that ACE didn’t have the basic intelligence to do a simple Google search stands, and it shows that ACE's science and methods are extraordinarily flawed.
Put it this way…how did one of the leading pro-hunting groups in our nation make ACE's “considered" list instead of one of the tens of thousands of animal groups out there? We believe ACE padded the number of groups they claim to have reviewed in order to make it appear that they were working with a large amount of organizations, when the reality is they focused on their pre-selected groups.
2. ACE ignored that they put misleading information on their Guidestar page. In ACE’s response they state that they have a ”...combined total of over 100 reviews,”while on Guidestar they wrote that, in 2016 alone, they had, "Conducted evaluations of over 300 animal charities.” Such a vast discrepancy can’t be written off as a mistake.
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Fumed Hindi in April 2017,
“Contemporary animal protection organizations have devolved from entities of a compassionate social movement to an industry supported by mind-numbed donors.
“Laziness, incompetence, credit-grabbing, lying, and in many cases outright fraud have become commonplace among many supposed animal protection organizations,” Hindi wrote, “but no matter how many times some of these groups are exposed for bad performance and/or ethical lapses, supporters apparently incapable of independent thought continue to send money like hypnotized members of a religious cult.
ANIMALS 24-7 editor Merritt Clifton & SHARK founder Steve Hindi at AR 2015.
(Beth Clifton photo)