Recently, Bank of America announced a partnership with the Humane Society of the United States, 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," says Mindy Larsen Poldberg, director of government affairs for the Iowa Corn Growers Association. "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." You can click (Source) for more information on HSUS.
Action needed—Bank of American donates to HSUS activities
In its weekly newsletter this week, ICGA says: "It's time for agriculture to stand up 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 its local branches to express farmers concerns about this Bank of America partnership with HSUS. You can mail your letter to Bank of America Executive Relations, 100 North Tryon Street, Charlotte, North Carolina, 28255. You can also contact them via Twitter or via Facebook. You can read more about this issue by clicking here.
ICGA Roundtables to be held across Iowa in July
All Iowa Corn Growers Association members are invited to ICGA policy roundtables in July. Roundtables are free, informal policy development meetings, with a meal starting at 6 p.m. and discussion ending by 9 p.m. This year's locations include July 11 in Fayette, Humboldt and Pella and July 12 in Council Bluffs, Coralville and LeMars. A virtual roundtable webinar will be held on July 13 from 12 noon to 2 p.m. For more information on locations and to RSVP, please visit www.iowacorn.org/rsvp.