A Vent submission (Dec. 3) in the Tribune paints a misleading and inaccurate picture of the work of The Humane Society of the United States.
HSUS celebrates the human-animal bond, and provides direct care to more animals than any other animal welfare group in the nation, spending more than $20 million annually supporting local animal shelters and running our own hands-on animal care programs. We provide training programs for shelters, host the nation’s largest trade and educational show for shelter professionals, provide national shelter standards and support spay and neuter programs. We launched the first ever national advertising campaign to promote the adoption of shelter animals.
We also have major advocacy campaigns to combat animal cruelty, factory farming, dogfighting and cockfighting, Canada’s notorious killing of baby seals and large-scale puppy mills. In Arizona, we were part of a successful campaign to protect the voting rights of Arizona citizens by opposing a power grab that would have put the decision-making authority on wildlife management issues in the hands of the legislature.
The reader who posted the item about us has been misinformed by organizations that are out to stop our efforts to end cruelty. While we strongly encourage everyone to support the work of local humane organizations, anyone who donates to HSUS can do so knowing that we put their donations to work saving animals every day.
Readers can go to humanesociety.org to learn more about our work.
Kari Nienstedt, Arizona State Director, The Humane Society of the United States
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