Meijer ends Humane Society contest after sportsmen complain
by Shandra Martinez The Grand Rapids Press
Monday April 28, 2008, 6:25 PM
WALKER -- Meijer Inc. ducked Monday after finding itself in the cross hairs of a national hunting group over donations to help families and pets going through foreclosure.
The Foreclosure Pets Fund is run by the Humane Society of the United States -- an organization the U.S. Sportsmen's Alliance charges is anti-hunting.
After the Alliance condemned Meijer Friday, the company Monday ended the program to donate $1, up to $5,000, for every entry in an online pet photo contest.
"The feedback from our customers is important," Meijer spokeswoman Stacie Behler said. "We support our customers who come to our store to buy hunting licenses and fishing licenses and sportsmen equipment." Read More
More people are starting to see HSUS for what it really is. Hunters, like farmers and ranchers, are being attacked by this organization because they utilize the resources that this planet gives us. Wildlife management is critical to keeping a healthy, balanced population, and hunters know this better than anyone.