|Editor The U.S. Sportsmen's Alliance has provided the following information. Hunters need to think first before they spend their hard-earned money with a company which supports an organization that is strongly against our hunting rights.
Pet supply retail giant PETCO is working in partnership with the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), the nations largest anti-hunting group, to bring the animal rights message to school children across the country. The U.S. Sportsmens Alliance demands that this relationship be terminated.
The PETCO Foundation, the charitable arm of PETCO Animal Supplies, Inc., is sponsoring the HSUSs National Association for Humane and Environmental Education (NAHEE) Adopt a Teacher program in 500 elementary schools across the country. The program is part of HSUSs plan to introduce children, grades kindergarten through six, to the animal rights movement.
The Adopt a Teacher program places the HSUS publication Kids In Natures Defense (KIND) News into the hands of teachers and students on a monthly basis during the school year. It provides classrooms with materials that promote the HSUS and its agenda, which is to eliminate animal use including hunting, fishing and trapping.
The HSUS is on record in opposition to all hunting. The animal rights organization calls hunting fundamentally at odds with the values of a humane, just and caring society, and has been the principal opponent of hunters and trappers in dozens of campaigns in the 50 state legislatures, in Congress, in the courts and in over a dozen voter issues.
Despite HSUSs anti-hunting and anti-animal use agenda, PETCO Foundations Director Paul Jolly is pleased with PETCOs partnership with the group. He says the PETCO Foundation is proud to be able to support the NAHEEs KIND News campaign.
Sportsmen have seen similar situations before. A company, with which millions of sportsmen and sportswomen do business, agrees to partner with HSUS without considering the complete agenda of the organization. The fact that PETCO is bringing HSUS directly to Americas children makes the situation a true crisis.
Businesses tend to be uneducated about the real intentions of groups like the Humane Society of the United States, said U.S. Sportsmens Alliance President Walter P. Pidgeon. The U.S. Sportsmens Alliance calls on sportsmen to speak in defense of their hunting, fishing and trapping heritage. Let PETCO know that it is unacceptable for a business to help bring the anti-hunting sentiment of the animal rights movement into Americas classrooms.
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