Animal rights group rejects Humane Society grant

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COLUMBUS, Neb. (AP) — The Platte Valley Humane Society in eastern Nebraska recently turned down a $5,000 grant from the Humane Society of the United States, citing philosophical differences with the national group.

The 10-member board of directors for the local humane society voted unanimously to reject the grant, the Columbus Telegram reported Thursday.

A letter sent to the national group explained that the local society is in an agricultural community and was concerned that some of the national group's "policies regarding farm animals would be in conflict with the ideals of many of our local supporters."

Among other things, the national group promotes eating less meat. It has also taken undercover video at agriculture plants that appear to show the abuse of livestock and has supported legislation to provide for more humane treatment of farm and food animals.

The rejection of the grant was no token gesture. The Platte Valley Humane Society relies on donations to help operate and care for animals at it Erna R. Badstieber Paws and Claws Adoption Center.

The $5,000 offered represents nearly half of what is raised during the local group's largest annual fundraiser event, board members noted.

"Without a doubt, the HSUS does some good," said Platte Valley Humane Society board president Steve McClure. "But there are some causes that they have that seem a little bit in conflict with our local people since we are an agricultural community."

Copyright 2011 The Associated Press.

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Maxine Jones    
Midland, SD  |  July, 07, 2011 at 05:28 PM

PVHS made a positive and correct decision in refusing the grant from HSUS, for good reasons. HSUS spends such a miniscule part of their income helping animals and far too much 'helping' their organization to exhorbitant salaries and consultant fees, and far too much of it in false advertising to garner donations from people they mislead into believing that their donations will be spent to help animals. Truly, there should be an investigation to determine if HSUS is guilty of false advertising, as well as enticing people to commit animal abuse for their films, and failure to report animal abuse immediately. Maxine Jones

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