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Amanda Radke: A Cowgirl’s Perspective 7-9-12

Have you heard about the latest corporation to endorse the Humane Society of the U.S. (HSUS)?

Bank of America is now offering a new product, a VISA card that supports HSUS. For every new account opened, Bank of America will donate $60 to HSUS, with an additional 25¢ for every $100 spent using the card.

Just like we did with Yellow Tail, a wine company that donated money to HSUS, we must educate the CEO of Bank of America and educate that firm on the nation’s largest animal rights organization.

The Animal Agriculture Alliance (AAA) is already leading the way. AAA CEO Kay Johnson Smith penned a letter to Bank of America President and CEO Brian Moynihan stating the facts, “HSUS is a radical animal rights organization that is not affiliated with local animal shelters and instead uses its more than $100-million budget to threaten America’s hardworking farmers and ranchers. While many Americans mistakenly believe HSUS is the national organization affiliated with local animal shelters, very little of its funding is used for hands-on animal care. Instead, HSUS uses its resources to attack farmers and ranchers with legislation, litigation and public relations smear campaigns.”

The call to action today is to “Like” Bank of America on Facebook and let the company know that HSUS is a huge lobbying organization with a mission to abolish animal agriculture and eliminate meat, dairy and eggs from the dinner table.

If you recall, when a bunch of cowboys posted on Yellow Tail’s Facebook page to tell them the same message, Yellow Tail pulled its future annual $100,000 pledges to HSUS. As big supporters of agriculture, the company simply didn’t realize that HSUS was a non-profit organization with a mission to abolish animal agriculture. They were shocked to learn some truths about the organization and were quick to correct their alliance with the group.

HSUS has a $130 million annual budget and spends less than one-half of 1 percent of its budget on funding animal shelters. Yet $24 million goes toward fundraising campaigns, such as those television commercials asking for just $19.99/month to save the puppies and kitties. I wonder how much of that money actually helps those animals? I’m guessing most of it goes to line the pockets of HSUS top employees.

I don’t know about you, but I can think of a lot more worthy causes to support with my credit card than this animal rights activist group. I took the time to post a message on the Bank of America Facebook page. Will you join me in educating this company about HSUS’ hidden agenda?

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