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According ro a report by MeatPlace editors, the Humane Society of the United States has bamboozled the Federal Emergency Management Agency by getting the sole animal welfare listing in FEMA’s “Caring for Animals” website.

This according to the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, which is saying that it has informed FEMA “about HSUS’ misleading practices and how other animal welfare organizations such as the American Humane Association (AHA) should be included on the webpage.”

In the letter to FEMA, President J.D. Alexander states: “It is a well concealed fact that only one percent of the money raised for HSUS goes to pet shelters. HSUS is a well-known enemy of animal agriculture. It is neither appropriate nor prudent for a government website to advertise on behalf of an organization as disingenuous as HSUS.”

He points out that the AHA, formed in 1878, has had a letter of understanding with the American Red Cross for more than 35 years and is the main contact for American animal-related disasters.

FEMA and HSUS have had a partnership since November 2000 “to encourage and assist communities and individuals to include animals in emergency management plans and disaster mitigation programs,” according to that agreement.

The partnership was part of FEMA’s Project Impact program, designed to build ‘disaster-resistant communities’ through public-private partnerships.

“The community planning process will involve all animals, not just dogs and cats, but horses and farm animals as well,” according to an HSUS press release dated Nov. 13, 2000.

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