Former Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) President Wayne Pacelle is volunteering with Animal Wellness Action, an animal rights Political Action Committee with ties to HSUS.
The new relationship appears to be causing a cat fight with his former employer, according to a report in Politico, a lobbying newsletter.
The report says HSUS is “considering legal action against Pacelle for violating a non-compete clause in his contract, according to an internal memo obtained by Politico’s Ian Kullgren.”
Although many former employees of HSUS now work for the Animal Wellness Action PAC, Anna West, a Humane Society spokeswoman, said the group “isn’t working directly with the PAC or Pacelle.”
Pacelle is described as a “volunteer and friend who has used his influence to secure meetings with members of Congress,” said Marty Irby, AWA PAC executive director in the Politico interview.