Iams Partners With Leading Anti-Hunting Organization(01/09) The Iams Company, maker of Iams and Eukanuba pet foods, has joined forces with the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), the nations largest anti-hunting organization. The company is helping sponsor the Pet Fest America tour, a series of animal shows in major metropolitan areas, nationwide. The shows were developed by HSUS. They debuted in early 2003 and will continue through April 2004. Sportsmen, and in particular sporting dog owners, understand the threat HSUS poses to hunting, field trialing and other activities, said Bud Pidgeon, president of the U.S. Sportsmens Alliance. Iams has fallen into the same trap as some other businesses and it needs to be educated. Companies such as General Mills, Accor Hotels, Pet Safe, Sears, and Ace Hardware ended relationships with HSUS after thousands of sportsmen levied strong protest. The Pet Fests are basically pet owner education and welfare events and also serve to educate and entertain consumers, Kelly Vanasse, Iams associate director of external affairs told the Alliance. We also sponsor Ducks Unlimited, AKC and other events. We try to strike a balance. Iams clearly doesnt understand how sportsmen will view its support for the nations largest anti-hunting organization. We are currently fighting HSUS attempts to ban dove hunting in Wisconsin, bear hunting in Maine and Alaska, and other anti-hunting threats around the country, said Pidgeon. Iams is adding legitimacy to HSUSs efforts. The National Animal Interest Alliance was among those who alerted the Alliance of the issue. Take Action! Sportsmen across the nation should contact Iams and educate them about HSUSs goals to end hunting, fishing, trapping and other forms of animal use. Contact President Jeffery P. Ansell, The Iams Company, 7250 Poe Ave., Dayton, OH 45414. Phone (937) 898-7387. Fax (937) 264-7264. Toll Free (800) 675-3849. http://www.ussportsmen.org/interactive/features/Read.cfm?ID=1213 Wanna kill these ads? We can help!