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3 December 2000 Issue

By Bob Chorush

The National Trappers' Discussion list is encouraging trappers who donate or get employer matching donations to the United Way to request their donations go to FBU ( FurBearers Unlimited ), a 501(c)3 entirely under the control of the National Trappers Association.

The following is a trapper's posting on how the FBU board is selected:

"Here is another option that will help trapping; Donate via United Way but specify where the money is to go - to the sister organization of the NTA, FurBearers Unlimited [FBU]. NTA lobbies congress and therefore are not eligible as a recipient of "tax deductible" donations. As a 501-C-3 approved corporation FBU can receive "tax deductible" donations. The FBU Board of Directors is set at 7 in the bylaws, four of which are specified as the current NTA officers. The other three are elected by the initial four. NTA has control of FBU. You can donate directly to FBU by mailing your contribution to: FurBearers Unlimited, Attn Chris Forrest, PO Box 4129, Bloomington, IL 61702."

If you donate to the United Way, SPECIFY a local animal group to receive your donation; otherwise a portion of your donation may be used to support animal trapping. (Also check PCRM at
and PETA web at to avoid charities that experiment on animals!)

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