Posted on June 27, 2012 at 4:01 PM by Iowa Corn
Recently, Bank of America announced a partnership with the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) with a new HSUS themed credit card. This new credit card provides the animal rights organization with money for every new account opened and an additional amount for money spent on the account. Rack up the charges to another misinformed company donating to HSUS.
Many think HSUS is their local animal shelter. However, very little funding is actually used for hands-on animal care. In 2010, HSUS's pet-shelter grants totaled just $528,676, or 0.4% of HSUS’s total budget while $47 million was spent on fundraising related costs. If you do the math, HSUS spends 90 times more on fundraising then helping animal shelters. HSUS also spent $3.6 million on lobbying mainly to threaten America's farm families and the safe way they care for their livestock and raise our food. (Source
In 2010, Yellow Tail wine (an Australian based winery) indicated that they would be partnering with HSUS on a fundraising project donating $100,000 in a “tails for tails" program. When the agriculture industry found out about the partnership, they worked on a campaign called Yellow Fail to educate Yellow Tail on where their money was really going. And Yellow Tail listened. Saying that animal welfare was important to them, but after learning about HSUS's lobbying interests said they would look elsewhere to make donations. (Source)
It's time for agriculture to stand up once again and tell Bank of America that any money donated through this program won't be used to help dogs and cats, but will be used by this animal rights group to hurt America's farm families and pull the wool over consumers eyes.
The Animal Ag Alliance
has written a letter to Bank of America, which you can read here
. They are also requesting that letters are written to Bank of America and our local branches to express our concerns about this partnership. You can contact Bank of America here
. You can also contact them via Twitter or via Facebook.
If you are looking for more information on how HSUS confuses Americans and how they spend their money, HumaneWatch.org
is an excellent resource. Help us educate Bank of America on where their money is really going!