Bank of America blasted for HSUS support

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The Animal Agriculture Alliance has come out strongly against Bank of America’s newest product offering – a Bank of America VISA that supports the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS). 

The Alliance says this new credit card provides the radical animal rights organization with $60 for every new account opened and an additional 25 cents for every $100 spent.

In a letter to Bank of America President and CEO Brian Moynihan, Alliance CEO Kay Johnson Smith says, “HSUS is a radical animal rights organization that is not affiliated with local animal shelters and instead uses its more than $100 million budget to threaten America’s hardworking farmers and ranchers. While many Americans mistakenly believe HSUS is the national organization affiliated with local animal shelters, very little of its funding is used for hands-on animal care. Instead, HSUS uses its resources to attack farmers and ranchers with legislation, litigation, and public relations smear campaigns.”

Johnson Smith goes on to suggest that the Alliance, which has been a Bank of America customer for over two decades, may reconsider its relationship with the bank, and will suggest that its members do the same.

The Alliance encourages those in the animal agriculture community to voice their opinions to Bank of America about their HSUS support by either writing to Bank of America, tweeting about it or sending comments to Bank of America’s Facebook page.

Ag campaigns can work
This isn’t the first time a large corporation has supported HSUS and has received industry backlash in the process. Who can forget in 2010 rancher Troy Hadrick’s infamous YouTube video showing him dumping out a bottle of [yellow tail] wine while standing out in front of his cows, because the winemaker’s parent company gave a large donation to HSUS?

Spurred on by Hadrick’s actions, the Ag Alliance and many ag organizations and individuals bombarded the [yellow tail] parent company, W.J. Deutsch, resulting in the company vowing to stop further support of HSUS.

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Des Moines, IA  |  June, 22, 2012 at 08:45 AM

Are there any PR Reps in the entire Ag industry? Attacking a charitable credit card makes farmers look terrible. There has to be something positive that could have been used as a rebuttal.

Wisconsin  |  June, 22, 2012 at 09:44 AM

Charitable? Really? Charitable? Hardly.

Roger Cunningham    
Clifton Springs NY  |  June, 22, 2012 at 10:15 AM

It seems BOA suporting a very dishonist orginization would not be a good way to build client numbers. I think my bank should support honisty and will cancel my VISA account with them.

canada  |  June, 22, 2012 at 09:57 AM

There are plenty of ag groups that use credit card affinity programs too. Those who live in glass houses shouldn't throw stones-- even if those stones are aimed at our adversaries.

minnesota  |  June, 22, 2012 at 10:38 AM

really? attcking a major credit card company makes farmers look terrible? do these radical groups worry about farmers when they get major corporations to bow to their wishes to destroy animal agriculture? i think not. i cancelled my bank of america accounts today! marlin

pa  |  June, 22, 2012 at 10:46 AM

my credit card company recently consolidated w/BOA. We just got new cards. instead of activiating them, I will be cancelling the account with aome secific reasons (professionally presented) to management why we will no longer be a client of their's. Thanks for the heads up.

Old McDonald    
Topeka, KS  |  June, 22, 2012 at 11:04 AM

If only CAFO animals could speak our language and we could ask them which group was the more 'radical', HSUS or the Agriculture industry.

U.S.A.  |  June, 24, 2012 at 05:20 AM

Sam, next if conversing with said animal, will you be wanting to marry it?

Laurella Desborough    
Florida  |  June, 22, 2012 at 11:42 AM

I think it would be wise for EVERYONE who uses BofA cards to cancel them and let BofA know why. HSUS is not a charitable organization. It is an organization working to ELIMINATE animal agriculture. What is so difficult about understanding you do not want to promote your own demise! Farmers and cattlemen should be making a big noise about this kind of HSUS pulling dollars into their bank account to use AGAINST farmers and cattlemen. Tell your friends...your family...and take action to protect your interests.

IOWA  |  June, 23, 2012 at 06:18 AM

Yes, there is a plus size rebut. Dear, Bank of America board of directors and stock holders. It appears you have made the collective decision to side with the food supply supremacist group the "HSUS". Since you now financially support their efforts to control the population with said food supply, you leave me the banking customer and food supplier with no other choice. I decided on my own when the food supply, becomes scarce, I will stop feeding you first. The other plus here is, you need to shed a few pounds anyway.

Vet Barnes    
California  |  June, 22, 2012 at 12:08 PM

Note that the USDA run by Sarah L. Conant formerly employed by the HSUS has asked for a rule change to Aphis that includes all farm animals. This means you will no longer be able to sell animals at shows without being inspected and licensed by the USDA. This will affect all 4H. go to!documentDetail;D=APHIS-2011-0003-0001 and oppose this change. They stuck in all Farm animals to a pet licensing law.

Terry Ward    
Pa.  |  June, 22, 2012 at 12:50 PM

Such foolishness..BOA has been partnering with the HSUS in some form for years... Get a life...

New York  |  June, 26, 2012 at 04:34 PM

Who let Terry Ward out?

Terry Ward    
Pa.  |  June, 22, 2012 at 02:04 PM

You all are heartily encouraged to slide on over to BOA and point out what dupes their corporate governance folks are to have been partnering for so long with the HSUS. Don't forget to remind the bank that the HSUS is a supporter of domestic terrorism with an agenda to 'eliminate animal agriculture' ,and that with all them advanced degrees in geo-political economics THE BOA SHOULD KNOW THIS. And finally, DEMAND that the BOA disavow themselves from other organizations and agencies who partner with the HSUS... especially the dimwitted DHS what is too stoopid not to recognize a terrorist when they see one. (Take that darn HSUS link off your website Secretary Napolitano)

Vet Barnes    
California  |  June, 22, 2012 at 05:27 PM

WEll you had better go and comment now because the USDA is about to stop all selling of animals off premises which means no more sales at show barns or over the internet for anyone who breeds and animals for any reason. ANIMAL AND PLANT HEALTH INSPECTION SERVICE (APHIS)
Anyone who sells the following animals to the public for use as pets: Dogs, cats, rabbits, guinea pigs, hamsters, gerbils, rats, mice, gophers, chinchilla, domestic ferrets, domestic farm animals, birds, and cold-blooded species.” 

This is a proposed rule by an agency, not a law Congress will vote on. However the impact on the retail sector, economy, and the agency’s budget is enormous and has far reaching affects. This proposed rule over-regulates responsible home breeders and small private entities, threatening to drive them out of existence. If enforced to its full extent, rescue organizations and their efforts will also be severely weakened. 

Send a copy of your comment to Congress reference Docket No. APHIS-2011-O0003. 

Send a letter to Secretary Vilsack opposing the rule. HSUS Sarah L. Conant now director of USDA regulations has snuck this into a rule change. You need to go and comment now and opposed this because now they can stop 4H.

Harvard, MA  |  June, 23, 2012 at 11:11 AM

I'm a dog breeder working with MassFed (Massachusetts Federation of Dog Clubs & Responsible Dog Owners). MassFed is the watchdog for statewide legislation impacting pet owners. Many of us are also members of the MA Farm Bureau. I called BOA this morning and canceled my VISA card. I attempted to educate the customer service rep who had no idea what H$U$ really is.

Harvard, MA  |  June, 23, 2012 at 11:12 AM

I'm a dog breeder working with MassFed (Massachusetts Federation of Dog Clubs & Responsible Dog Owners). MassFed is the watchdog for statewide legislation impacting pet owners. Many of us are also members of the MA Farm Bureau. I called BOA this morning and canceled my VISA card. I attempted to educate the customer service rep who had no idea what H$U$ really is.

Sam Galphin    
Raleigh,NC  |  June, 23, 2012 at 03:55 PM

Food animals make up 25% of world food supplies. Those wishing to end food animal agriculture are contributing to proposed starvation and death for 2 billion people. This is reality!

Canada / QC  |  July, 03, 2012 at 11:27 PM

Starvation would happen if these people stop having many kids while they cannot feed one kid. Human are the nuisance species exceeding habitat capacity, starvation, poverty, disease, endangering trees and animal. Mass killing song birds and finally themselves. That is a total waste. What they need is a cull not a feed because we don't have the food to feed them because they're exceeding Earth's capacity. So what you wanna do feed them with animal food... Ewww I'd rather starve than eating dog food..

eastern PA  |  June, 24, 2012 at 01:52 PM

Show me the bible verse that says we are not to consume animals, what version of the bible are you reading ? your own

kansas  |  June, 25, 2012 at 10:13 AM

Funny, sad AND scary... the HSUS Trolls' comments here, and those from their variously deranged 1st cousins. It should be instructive as to what we are dealing with. I.e., they're not capable of reason and are pursuing their "religion's" mandates to destroy animal agriculture. By all means, fight fire with fire and go on the offensive whenever a business is found to have succumbed to A-rights bullying, or collaborated out of sheer ignorance. With banks and others it's all, "show them the money".

Western NY  |  June, 27, 2012 at 11:33 AM

The best way to beat HSUS is not to tolerate ANY producer in animal agriculture furnishing ANY ammunition for their misguided attacks: that means, among other things, reporting poor animal care practices among our peers to the proper authorities when we are aware of them, and matching production to the best use of the land. Which also means, if you don't have pasture, you shouldn't be raising animals whose natural environment is grass. Find something else to grow!!

kansas  |  June, 29, 2012 at 11:00 AM

Herbchick? Western NY's population will have to be pretty radically shrunk if you have your childish fantasy world. Read up on "Eliminationist Environmentalism" and please consider volunteering to help lead the way. Pastoral scenes with smiling, happy bunnies (&cows,chickens,pigs) are great for childrens' books, but don't do much to feed a couple Billion of those same children. When you come up with a realistic plan to provide reliable souces of quality proteins to 6.9 BILLION people (you know, we omnivorous animals) from pastures, come on back and share it with us.

Hayward, MN  |  July, 01, 2012 at 03:17 PM

Take your money out of Bank of America, don't use their Visa. The bank will understand the consequences of supporting HSUS is bad for their business. Also quit shopping at the businesses who support HSUS. They will soon realize the dollars farmers/ranchers spend.

Lake Forest, Ca.  |  October, 04, 2012 at 11:36 AM

Good for them for them. More people, companies, etc. should put this horrible, so called, animal rights organization in their place. They fight and bully city councils while hard working people are out making a living and cannot be there to fight these extreme causes, that are not what the average person wants, but don't know what they're getting most of the time.

Los Angeles  |  March, 29, 2013 at 11:41 AM

Well, looks like it worked. I got a letter in the mail from Bank of America last week informing me that my HSUS card was being replaced by a regular banking card because the program was being cancelled.


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