The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) has confused the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) by getting the sole animal welfare listing in FEMA's "Caring for Animals" website.
According to the National Cattlemen's Beef Association (NCBA), it has informed FEMA "about HSUS' misleading practices and how other animal welfare organizations such as the American Humane Association (AHA) should be included on the webpage."
In the letter to FEMA, NCBA states: "It is a well concealed fact that only 1 percent of the money raised for HSUS goes to pet shelters. HSUS is a well-known enemy of animal agriculture. It is neither appropriate nor prudent for a government website to advertise on behalf of an organization as disingenuous as HSUS."
He points out that the AHA, formed in 1878, has had a letter of understanding with the American Red Cross for more than 35 years and is the main contact for American animal-related disasters.
FEMA and HSUS have had a partnership since November 2000 "to encourage and assist communities and individuals to include animals in emergency management plans and disaster mitigation programs," according to that agreement.