HSUS Relationship with Bank of America

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.


Bob Stallman


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.


6 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Carol on August 7, 2009 at 3:16 pm

    H$U$ promotes a VEGAN lifestyle – that means NO animal products, by-products, OR ANY contact with any animal!!! No service animals, no search and rescue, no wool, no silk, no leather, no mohair, NO PETS! They are SICKIES and intent on forcing the rest of us into this lifestyle. In my opinion – it’s NOT a lifestyle – it’s ABUSE!!!!!


  2. Posted by David on August 7, 2009 at 6:55 pm

    We MUST communicate to our individual legislators as to the actual agenda of the HSUS. The HSUS is pushing animal rights (AR) legislation all around the nation at this time in amounts never before seen in the history of this nation. We can only assume this “big push” is in response to the current administration in Washington being animal rights friendly. This legislation being written and pushed by the HSUS is being passed in unprecedented numbers, in state after state, because our legislators don’t know nor do they believe the actual agenda of this AR organization. The fact that, as a society, we’ve become more and more urban in nature and less understanding of nature and the reality of food production, is the strength of the HSUS.

    As individuals, we can all send information such as the above letter to our legislators, both local, state and federal, to educate them as to the AR agenda of the HSUS. Either we educate our legislators or this nation will regress into an increasingly AR mentality, step by step.

    The time to do this — is NOW!


  3. Posted by Linda Rappaport on August 7, 2009 at 8:24 pm

    Thank you so much for meeting with BAC officials. I received a letter after I protested the HSUS affiliation card, stating that the program would continue. I’m glad, especially as a BAC customer, that BAC is looking at the HSUS program very carefully and I hope they will discontinue it.


  4. Posted by Pat on August 7, 2009 at 8:47 pm

    HSUS has been duping the public since the day it picked Humane Society of the United States for a name. Those of us who know what its agenda really is have an obligation to let as many people as possible know that the agenda includes ending all human/animal relationships.


  5. Posted by William on August 9, 2009 at 4:05 pm

    Corporations must take responsibility for the actions of their partners, especially with co-branded products. BofA, my bank for many years, must step up and either acknowledge that they are a party to HSUS’s activities or they must refuse to do business with them. The “it is only an affinity relationship” defense lacks credibility. As long as BofA participates in this affinity program with HSUS, they are an enabler of HSUS philosophy and just as culpable.


  6. Posted by Josephine on August 19, 2009 at 12:48 am

    I am a Farm Bureau “city slicker” (joke on me) member because I believe the value of the farm industry – small and large operations – is critical to our country’s future.

    Far more critical then the success of Bank of America – I ended my relationship with them 30 years ago when a small amount of money disappeared from my account and young male service representative told me that, even tho they had made an error, it was too small for them to worry about. I’ve been much better off with another bank ever since.

    If B of A cannot end the relationship with HSUS, lets get another bank!


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