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Software giant funds HSUS.

According to a recent press release from the U.S. Sportsmen's Alliance (USSA), software giant Microsoft will make a $100,000 donation to the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) and is partnering with the antihunting group on a pilot program called the I'm Initiative. This comes on the heels of a request from the USSA for Microsoft to abandon its partnership with the nation's leading antihunting organization.

Through the I'm Initiative, whenever a Windows Live Messenger user converses using I'm, Microsoft will give a portion of the advertising revenue to one of 10 organizations selected by the user. The HSUS is one of these organizations, and the amount of money Microsoft will donate is unlimited.

"Microsoft is going to pour hundreds of thousands of dollars, probably more, into an organization that recently issued a manifesto that targets hunting for extinction," said USSA President Bud Pidgeon. "If there was ever a time for sportsmen and women to take grassroots action, this is it."

The HSUS strongly opposes trapping, fishing, and hunting. The group was a major player in the campaigns to outlaw dove hunting in Michigan, trapping in California, and black bear hunting in Colorado.

Sportsmen can make a difference. Companies like Iams, General Mills, Accor Hotels, Sears, and Ace Hardware ended relationships with the HSUS after thousands of sportsmen and women protested.

To take a stand against this partnership, reach out to Microsoft and demand an immediate stop to its support of the HSUS. To do so, contact: Bill Gates, Chairman, Microsoft, 1 Microsoft Way, Redmond, WA 98052; (425) 882-8080 (phone); (425) 936-7329 (fax).

The USSA is a national organization protecting the rights Of sportsmen and women. To learn more about them, call (614) 888-4868 or visit them online at www.ussportsmen.org.
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Title Annotation:Bowhunter's Journal: A LOG OF BOWHUNTING NEWS, ISSUES, AND EVENTS
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Date:Oct 1, 2007
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