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PETA Tries End Run Through Bank of America’s Credit Card Offer: June 26, 2009


Internet communities of farmers and ranchers are buzzing with news the Bank of America is partnering with the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS). The bank’s MyExpression program is offering an HSUS checking account and associated Visa check card as well as an HSUS Visa credit card. Both of these products financially support HSUS.


According to the Bank of America Web site, it will donate 25 cents to the animal rights organization for every $100 in purchases made with the HSUS WorldPoints Platinum Plus Visa credit card. Wayne Pacelle, president and CEO of HSUS, is quoted as saying “This is a great way to support the work of The Humane Society of the United States. When you open your account, and each time you make an eligible purchase with your Bank of America VISA check card, you'll support our mission to combat animal cruelty and care for animals in need.”



CattleNetwork yesterday issued a template letter for livestock producers to submit to Bank of America expressing their concerns about providing financial support to HSUS. Trained beef industry spokespeople alerted one another to the news via the Masters of Beef Advocacy program alumni site yesterday. Several reported sending letters to local Bank of America branches.



A Bank of America senior vice president in Amarillo, Texas, issued a letter to the cattle industry today. CattleNetwork posted and circulated the letter, which references the importance of the industry to Bank of America and says “the matter has been elevated and is being looking into so that we can further address your concerns.”


Concerned producers should contact Bank of America using the template letter or materials about HSUS from the Center for Consumer Freedom. Bank of America can be contacted by mail (Bank of America Corporate Center, 100 North Tryon Street, Charlotte, NC 28255) or e-mail (Nicole Nastacie, BOA Corporate Philanthropy – [email protected]). Comments also can be posted to the bank’s blog (http://futurebanking.bankofamerica.com/), shared with the official Bank of America representative on Twitter (http://twitter.com/BofA_help) or posted to the bank’s Facebook page (http://www.facebook.com/home.php?#/page ... 4074?ref=s).


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