PETsMART Makes Donation to Anti-Hunting Group- (01/09)
The charitable arm of PETsMART, Inc., PETsMART Charities, recently made a sizable contribution to the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), the nation’s largest animal rights organization.
PETsMART Charities has announced that it awarded a $15,000 grant to HSUS to fund spay and neuter clinics and pet care sessions in Ohio, Tennessee, Kentucky and Georgia. However, HSUS is not a national sheltering organization, as many people believe it to be. Despite its name, HSUS does not operate or oversee any animal shelters or have any legal control over them.
In making this donation, PETsMART Charities is contributing to a leading animal rights group whose main goal is to end all animal use, including hunting, fishing and trapping.
The HSUS has demonstrated its opposition to outdoor sports by encouraging its members to support legislation to prohibit hunting and resist legislation that would expand hunting opportunities. The organization calls hunting “fundamentally at odds with the values of a humane, just and caring society.”
Wayne Pacelle, vice president of HSUS and former National Director of the Fund for Animals, has been quoted by the Associated Press as saying, “If we could shut down all sport hunting in a moment, we would.”
“Sportsmen are encouraged to tell PETsMart and other businesses that support animal rights groups that they are supporting an agenda that is working to end our outdoor heritage and our traditional way of life,” said U.S. Sportsmen’s Alliance President Bud Pidgeon. “When you support an organization, you support everything it stands for, not just the parts that you think are good.”
Recently, sportsmen worked to inform Accor Economy Lodging of this fact. They sent scores of comments to the company explaining how its promotion of HSUS, under the auspices that it was helping protect animals, was merely an endorsement for an organization that is dedicated to ending America’s outdoor heritage and other animal uses. Accor has since ended its relationship with HSUS.
Sportsmen and sportswomen should express their dissatisfaction with PETsMART Charities’ support of HSUS by contacting Philip Francis, President & CEO, PETsMART, Inc., 19601 N. 27th Ave., Phoenix, AZ 85027; Phone: 800-738-1385. You can also send comments online from the following web address: http://www.petsmart.com/servlet/Mailer.