Letter was from smear campaign

Published 3:55 pm Saturday, October 6, 2012

Diana Culp’s letter (Oct. 1) was a cynical attempt to confuse readers about the breadth of efforts to protect animals. Supporting the Freeborn County Humane Society and helping animals in shelters is a core value of the humane movement. The Humane Society of the United States helps advance that goal, but there’s so much more that we do. Billions more animals are also at risk, and Culp’s attempt to set up an either — or approach — is a divisive effort to undermine our work. In Minnesota, the Humane Society of the United States helps fight animal cruelty by engaging citizens, supporting animal welfare legislation and working with local animal shelters.

Culp works for notorious Washington public-relations man Rick Berman, who has raked in millions of dollars from agriculture, alcohol and tobacco companies to run campaigns against public health and animal welfare groups. Further evidence of her credibility deficit: She continues to misrepresent her employment history, and was never a director for HSUS in the two years she worked for one of our affiliates.

Our movement represents mainstream values and is strong and growing. An estimated 20,000 groups work to safeguard animals. Together, we are an unstoppable force for good. To learn more and get involved, visit us at humanesociety.org.

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Howard Goldman

state director

Humane Society of the United States

St. Paul