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From 26 January 2003 Issue

Hunters Target Spay/Neuter, Companion Animal Health Program
From HUMANElines - humanelines@hsus.org 

In the past few decades, the U.S. Sportsmen’s Alliance (USSA) has spent millions of dollars countering the efforts of animal protection organizations, defending such unethical and cruel practices as canned hunting, bear baiting, and the trophy hunting of threatened species. Now, taking its extremist attacks against animals one step farther, the USSA has launched an assault against PETsMART for its recent, generous grant to The HSUS’ Remote Area Veterinary Services (RAVS) program. The RAVS program provides much-needed health care services – rabies vaccinations, free spay/ neuter, and general medical attention – to dogs and cats in rural, often desperately poor areas of the country, including Native American reservations. The RAVS benefits not just the health of dogs and cats in these communities, but also human health, which can be compromised by things like rabies outbreaks and dog bites when companion animal health care is neglected. Yet the USSA, in its blind hostility towards animal protection groups, is asking its members to bombard PETsMART in protest of its support of the RAVS program.

WHAT YOU CAN DO:
For the sake of the dogs and cats who live in impoverished communities throughout the country, we must generate traffic into PETsMART to counter the vocal protests of USSA members. Go to http://www.hsus.org/ace/16105 for the full story, and to download a “Thank You” card that you can take to your nearest PETsMART store. Let PETsMART know that you care about animal protection and appreciate its support of the RAVS program. If there isn’t a PETsMART store in your area, you can write a letter of support and send it to:
PETsMART Charities
19601 North 27th Avenue
Phoenix, AZ 85027
(We’re asking you not to send an e-mail or call because we don’t want to further burden PETsMART’s systems.)

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