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Reader's View: Description of Humane Society was hurtful

Reporter John Myers was unjustified in singling out the Humane Society of the United States and describing us as “one of the most vehement pro-wolf, anti-trapping, anti-hunting, and anti meat-eating groups in the country.”

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The Humane Society of the United States is proud to support the efforts of the Voyageurs Wolf Project to work with cattle rancher Wes Johnson to keep more wolves and cattle alive in the greater Voyageurs ecosystem (“ A fence around this northern Minnesota cattle ranch may keep both calves and wolves from dying ,” June 10, 2020).

As a member of the Minnesota Wolf Plan Advisory Committee, the Wisconsin Wolf Management Plan Committee, and similar coalition efforts across the U.S., we have long championed innovation and non-lethal approaches to the mitigation of wildlife-related challenges. We are deeply impressed with the energy and goodwill of the stakeholders here, and we were pleased to see them receive such positive attention in the News Tribune’s story.

However, reporter John Myers was unjustified in singling out the Humane Society of the United States and describing us as “one of the most vehement pro-wolf, anti-trapping, anti-hunting, and anti meat-eating groups in the country.” This description was both gratuitous and inaccurate, particularly with respect to our views and policies concerning hunting and meat, which are more nuanced than the unneeded characterization suggested. As easily could have been determined with more reporting, we work closely and productively with hunting groups and with meat producers and suppliers in the pursuit of shared goals. We do not take an absolutist position on either topic.

It is important to our reputation and our ongoing efforts to expand our collaboration with potential partners both within and outside of Minnesota so our work and our positions are properly presented in the media.

In this respect, the story’s description did us real harm. What will happen next is that this line will be quoted by some hostile party in a state legislature or council hearing somewhere, and neither Myers nor the News Tribune will be there to defend us.

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Christine Coughlin

Minneapolis

For seven and a half years prior to May, the writer served as the Minnesota state director for the Humane Society of the United States, during which she worked with Voyageurs and was on the Minnesota DNR’s Wolf Plan Advisory Committee. In May, she took a new position with the Humane Society of the United States.

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