Farm Bureau recently met with representatives of Bank of America to discuss their affinity card with the Humane Society of the United States. In the wake of the meeting, President Stallman sent the following letter to B of A officials…
Mr. John Collingwood
Director, Federal Government Relations
Bank of America
1455 Pennsylvania Ave., NW, Suite 95
Washington, DC 20004
Dear Mr. Collingwood:
Thank you for your time and interest in learning more about the American Farm Bureau Federation and our livestock-producing members. I want to follow up on a recent meeting regarding the Bank of America affinity card with the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS).
As discussed, Farm Bureau remains concerned with Bank of America’s relationship with HSUS. Contrary to their name, the Humane Society does not operate local animal rescue shelters. Rather, HSUS is the largest animal rights group in the country. While the rhetoric of HSUS may be less inflammatory than some animal rights groups, their goal of eliminating animal agriculture is the same.
Instead of focusing on the much-needed care of abandoned pets, as most people might imagine, HSUS has repeatedly chosen to attack the producers of the world’s safest, most abundant supply of meat, milk and eggs. The group’s website clearly promotes a vegetarian diet and portrays a negative image of farmers and ranchers as being focused solely on profit at the expense of animal care. In reality, nothing could be farther from the truth.
As farmers and ranchers, we recognize that superior animal welfare practices lead to the production of high-quality, safe and wholesome meat, milk and eggs, and we’re constantly seeking ways to improve the well-being and comfort of our animals. Without healthy and content animals, farmers and ranchers would not be in business.
We would appreciate your support of American agriculture by re-evaluating Bank of America’s agreement which contributes funds to HSUS through the use of an affinity card. Again, thank you for your thoughtful consideration.
Bank of America has indicated that they will examine the agreement with HSUS and may reconsider the program, which currently donates 25 cents to HSUS for every $100 in card charges.