40 Tons of Self Promotion

Here we go again. The Humane Society of the United States is hosting a nifty little video today, showing 40 tons of pet food and cat litter that Mars Petcare and Arm & Hammer donated to a shelter in Alabama.

Watch carefully and ask yourself a few questions:

  • Why did HSUS put its people front-and-center on this?
  • Did HSUS donate any more of its vegetarian pet food, or any (*gasp*) money? Or did it just provide a truck driver?
  • Did these two companies ask HSUS to promote their gifts, or did the animal rights group flex its PR muscle all by itself?

Enquiring minds want to know.

Note: Clicking on the orange button above (like hundreds of similar devices based on HSUS's website) will whisk you to a web page asking for money. You've been warned.

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