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  • Humane Society
    of the United States:
    Undermining Efforts to Protect Animals and the Environment from Free Trade Agreements

    Until the mid-2000s, the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) and its international arm, Humane Society International(HSI), were at the forefront of defending animals endangered by global free trade agreements. But recently, HSI has testified before Congress in support of the Dominican Republic-Central America Free Trade Agreement and the environmental provisions of the Peru Free Trade Agreement. In a letter to the Government Accountability Office, Rep. Sherrod Brown and other anti-free trade Congressmembers questioned whether HSUS' turnaround was tied to a $500,000 grant the organization received from the Bush Administration's US Agency for International Development on behalf of the Office of the United States Trade Representative. Animal advocates need to tell HSUS and HSI to get back on track. We need them as an ally in fighting animal-unfriendly, anti-environment trade agreements--not as a foe!

    Additional Info

    Washington Post Article on HSUS DR-CAFTA Controversy

    Rep. Sherrod Brown's Letter to GAO Questioning USAID Grant to HSUS

    Letter from Public Citizen's Global Trade Watch to Humane Society on DR-CAFTA

    HSI was aware that CAFTA would contribute to factory farm expansion - but supported it anyway!

    Humane Society International Free Trade Agreements Page

    US Trade Representative Press Release Announcing $500,000 Grant to Humane Society CAFTA Fund

    HSUS Comments in Report of United States Trade Representative's Trade and Environment Policy Advisory Committee (TEPAC)

    HSI President Patricia Forkan's Congressional Testimony in Support of DR-CAFTA

    Position of The Humane Society of the United States on the U.S. Dominican Republic - Central America Free Trade Agreement

    Patricia Forkan's Congressional Testimony Supporting Peru FTA Environmental Provisions

    Global Justice for Animals Response to HSUS Peru Testimony

    Patricia Forkan's Testimony to the Senate Finance Committee on the Peru Free Trade Agreement

    GJAE News Release: Animal Rights Group Condemns Humane Society Support of Peru Free Trade Agreement

    HSUS on Panama Free Trade Agreement

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