Monday, June 26, 2006

Politics: Sportsmen's Action Needed... Stop U.S. Postal Service from Promoting HSUS

The U.S. Postal Service (USPS) is allowing the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) to place its anti-animal use rhetoric on postage stamps, and use money gained from the sale of the stamps to further its anti-hunting, anti-animal use mission. Sportsmen’s action is needed immediately to stop this outrage., the company offering the HSUS stamps, reports that through its Community Giving Program 20 percent, or more, of the sales of the HSUS stamps goes to the HSUS.

Earlier this year, Congress amended an 1872 law that forbade advertisements on U.S. currency, including postage stamps. The amendment paved the way for an experimental one-year trial period allowing companies such as, and to offer customizable stamps via the Internet. These stamps can be printed with everything from baby photos to corporate logos, and in the case of the HSUS stamps, anti-animal use slogans.

Sportsmen must stop this now! Every penny earned through such fundraisers is another penny that will be used to bring an end to hunting, fishing and trapping in the United States.

Contact the USPS and make your outrage known! Send letters to Postmaster General John Potter, 475 L'Enfant Plaza SW, Washington, D.C., 20260-0010. Faxes can be sent to Mr. Potter at (202) 268-5211. Convince him that it is unacceptable for the USPS to promote and raise money for the HSUS.

Most importantly, call, write and fax your U.S. senators and congressman. Let them know that you expect them to put an end to this exploitation of the U.S. Mail to benefit an inflammatory organization such as the HSUS. Be sure to send a copy of your letters and faxes to the U.S. Sportsmen’s Alliance.

Avoid sending emails! While e-mail is an excellent way to inform people about an issue, it is not the best way to send opinions. With the click of a button, an e-mail and dozens of others like it can be deleted.

Sample letters for the Postmaster General and legislators are available at the Legislative Action Center. Sportsmen are encouraged to modify, personalize and print these letters to send to the USPS and their legislators. Go to to access the Legislative Action Center.

The U.S. Sportsmen’s Alliance protects the rights of hunters, anglers and trappers in the courts, legislatures, at the ballot, in Congress and through public education programs. For more information about the U.S. Sportsmen’s Alliance and its work, call (614) 888-4868 or visit its website,

Contacts you need to write, email and fax to, to stop this travesty:

Postmaster General John Potter, 475 L'Enfant Plaza SW, Washington, D.C., 20260-0010. Faxes can be sent to Mr. Potter at (202) 268-5211

U.S. Sportsmen’s Alliance, call (614) 888-4868 or visit its website, (This link will take you direct to their "feedback" page.)

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