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Who is getting bled?

In Rich Landers’ emotional tirade, he accuses animal rights groups such as PETA and HSUS of bleeding the public for their own benefit. He then goes on to say that wise wildlife lovers should invest their faith and money with dedicated conservation groups such as Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, Ducks Unlimited, Trout Unlimited and National Wildlife Federation.

Rather than accepting Landers’ opinion, I would suggest people visit and follow the money to the top.

Charitynavigator shows the annual compensation of the head of Landers’ favorite conservation organizations as follows: former president and CEO of Rocky Mountain ELK Foundation, $194,187; president and CEO of Trout Unlimited, $201,400; executive vice president of Ducks Unlimited, $268,891; and NWF president, $299,207.

I think that’s a lot of money that could be going to help animals, but obviously isn’t. Compare that to the annual compensation of PETA president Ingrid Newkirk at $34,000, and the salary of Animal Advocates executive secretary Chris Anderlik, which is zero, and it makes you wonder whether Landers did much investigative research before writing his opinion about who is bleeding whom.

Kerry Masters

Liberty Lake