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A leading tire manufacturer, Michelin, has entered into a partnership with a national anti-hunting group, the American Humane Association (AHA). Michelin is donating $5 from every Michelin Man bobble head figure distributed between May 1 and June 25 to the AHA. The bobble heads are sold for $17.75 on-line and are available free with the purchase of new Michelin brand passenger and light truck tires.

The U.S. Sportsmen's Alliance, one of the country's leading sportsmen's advocacy organizations, is urging outdoorsmen to contact Michelin to oppose its funding of the AHA.

"Michelin's donation is earmarked for the Red Star Emergency Services Division of the AHA," said Bud Pidgeon, U.S. Sportsmen's Alliance president.

"Whereas this might be a legitimate animal welfare program, sportsmen must make Michelin aware that every dollar Corporate America provides to fund animal rights groups' programs represents money that is freed up for use in national campaigns to end hunting and trapping."

The AHA opposes all hunting and trapping and its recent anti-hunting positions include support for legislation to ban black bear hunting on federal and state lands.

Sportsmen should contact Michelin North America and tell the company that its promotion of the AHA, an anti-hunting organization, is unacceptable to sportsmen across the nation and should be stopped immediately. Make sure Michelin knows that the AHA has an agenda to end America's outdoor heritage, thus destroying over 100 years of wildlife conservation practices. Such an outrage from sportsmen, one of the strongest and most powerful voices in the country, recently caused a leading pet food manufacturer to end its support to the Humane Society of the United States.

Send your comments to:
Mr. James Micali,
Chairman and President
Michelin North America, Inc.
1 Parkway South, Greenville, SC 29615.
Phone (864) 458-5000
Fax (864) 458-6359
Toll Free (800) 847-3435.

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