Click to join our Facebook Fan Page and follow us on Twitter!



The Letter Sent To HumaneWatch From the NFHS

National Federation Of Humane Societies

The National Federation of Humane Societies has come out shooting against HumaneWatch, an organization created by Rick Berman and the Center For Consumer Freedom.

CCF, according to NFHS, “is an industry lobby and paid representative for the restaurant, tobacco, agricultural producers and alcoholic beverage industries with a well documented history of opposing public health and animal welfare reforms.”

The letter then goes on to say, “For anyone to begin to take CCF seriously you will need to disclose those companies which fund your lobby activities so informed consumers can draw their own conclusions as to credibility and the agenda you promote. We urge you to cease your smear campaign against HSUS that negatively impacts the efforts of our members to improve the lives of animals in their local communities.”

The National Federation of Humane Societies is a group made up of over 50 Humane Societies and Animal Shelters across America, including St. Hubert’s Animal Welfare Center, which is where Max, the Dog Files Mascot came from.

Below my name is the complete letter and below that is the shelters and humane societies that belong to the NFHS.

— Kenn

    Dear Mr. Berman,


    The National Federation of Humane Societies is the nation’s first trade advocacy
    federation representing the animal welfare industry. We are comprised of local, state
    and national animal welfare organizations with a focus on animal sheltering and
    companion animal issues.


    We understand that the Center for Consumer Freedom is an industry lobby and paid
    representative for the restaurant, tobacco, agricultural producers and alcoholic
    beverage industries with a well documented history of opposing public health and
    animal welfare reforms. That being said, we find your statements regarding the
    Humane Society of the United States to be inaccurate based on our collective
    experiences. In a March article published by the Chronicle of Philanthropy the
    “charitable purpose” of the Center for Consumer Freedom was questioned as “the
    pattern of payments to one individual and company might constitute a private benefit
    because the charity appears to be benefiting Mr. Berman and his lobbying firm rather
    than the public.”


    While the HSUS does not provide direct community service through local sheltering of
    animals, its charitable purpose has never been questioned. It has a long history of
    supporting the local animal welfare community through programs like Animal Care
    Expo, the Animal Services Consultation program, publishing Animal Sheltering
    magazine and the many training and educational programs offered to shelter
    employees through Humane Society University, in addition to its puppy mill and
    hoarding investigations and disaster response efforts that few local sheltering
    organizations could possibly underwrite individually.


    The HSUS mission has always included a focus on large-scale animal cruelty and
    eliminating animal suffering. HSUS has always been transparent about that mission.


    While HSUStakes on many large issues, local humane organizations generally focus on
    companion animal issues but many share an interest in ending animal cruelty or
    neglect.


    For anyone to begin to take CCFseriously you will need to disclose those companies
    which fund your lobby activities so informed consumers can draw their own
    conclusions as to credibility and the agenda you promote. We urge you to cease your
    smear campaign against HSUS that negatively impacts the efforts of our members to
    improve the lives of animals in their local communities.


    On behalf of the Board of Directors & Members,
    ~~
    Steve Putnam, Executive Director


    Member Organizations
    A Refuge for Saving the Wildlife, Inc.
    American Humane Association
    Anderson Animal Shelter
    Animal Humane Society
    Animal Care League
    Animal Lovers League
    Animal Welfare Society
    Asheville Humane Society
    California Anima! Control Directors Assoc.
    Capital Humane Society
    Chatauqua County Humane Society
    Colorado Federation of Animal Welfare Agencies
    Dumb Friends league
    Erie County SPCA
    Greenhill Humane Society
    Hawaiian Humane Society
    House Rabbit Society
    Humane Society of Broward County
    Humane Society of Indianapolis
    Humane Society of Kent County
    Humane Society of the United States
    Illinois Animal Welfare Federation
    Iowa Federation of Humane Societies
    Kokomo Humane Society
    larimer Humane Society
    Michigan Humane Society
    Monroe County Humane Association
    Naperville Area Humane Society
    Nashville Humane Association
    New Hampshire SPCA
    Norfolk SPCA
    Oregon Humane Society
    PAWS Chicago
    Peggy Adams Animal Rescue league
    Peoria Humane Society
    Pet Haven of Minnesota
    Potter league for Animals
    Richmond SPCA
    Sacramento SPCA
    Salem Animal Rescue league
    San Francisco SPCA
    Southeast Area Animal Control Authority
    SPCA Cincinnati
    SPCA Los Angeles
    SPCA for Monterey County
    SPCA Tampa Bay
    SPCA ofTexas
    St. Hubert’s Animal Welfare Center
    Tails Humane Society
    Tri-Countv Humane Society
    Virginia Federation of Humane Societies
    Washington Animal Rescue League
    Washington Humane Society
    Wayside Waifs Humane Society
    Wisconsin Humane Society