Humane Society misrepresented

To the editor:

John Hongisto’s misrepresentations about The Humane Society of the United States are part of an effort to defend Michigan’s unnecessary wolf hunting season.

While we oppose an open trophy hunting season on Michigan’s wolves, which is not backed by sound science or Michigan’s own wolf scientists, who have studied wolves in this state for decades, we’re in good company. More than 255,000 Michiganders from all over the state, including the Upper Peninsula signed a petition to overturn a law allowing a wolf hunt on the 2014 ballot. And now because of a contemptuous action by the Legislature, we’re working on a second referendum to restore the right of Michiganders to protect our wolves and all wildlife.

Daily Mining Gazette readers should know that ever since its first annual meeting, conducted in Grand Rapids in 1955,The Humane Society of the United States has been dedicated to protecting all animals pets, wildlife, farm animals and animals in research.

The HSUS has top ratings from charity evaluators and cared for more than 100,000 animals in desperate need last year through our sanctuaries, rehabilitation centers, mobile veterinary clinics, emergency response programs and sponsored spay/neuter events.

Our wildlife rehabilitation centers save thousands of injured animals each year. We lead the nation as champions of shelter pet adoptions. We put our money where our mouth is in providing rewards for information that brings poachers to justice. And that’s just the start.

We’ve made great strides, here in Michigan and elsewhere, to prevent cruelty to animals before they are in distress and we call on all Michiganders to stand up for their voting rights and for animal protection.

Jill Fritz