06/16/2002 Entry: "Build-A-Bear: Anti-Hunters" Build-A-Bear Workshop Makes Donations to Nationâ€™s Largest Animal Rights Group (Columbus) â€“ A popular business that allows children to create their own stuffed animals is running a promotion to help fund the nationâ€™s largest anti-hunting organization. The Build-A-Bear Workshop, a business that hosts Build-A-Bear parties where children may go to create their own teddy bears and other animals, is donating $1 from the sale of every black lab stuffed dog that is assembled to the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS). The U.S. Sportsmenâ€™s Alliance, the nationâ€™s leading sportsman advocacy group, contacted Build-A-Bear Workshop to voice its displeasure with the promotion. The Alliance urged the business to end its promotion of HSUS because of the organizationâ€™s work to eliminate all hunting, trapping and most other animal uses. Despite this request, Build-A-Bear Workshop did not end the relationship. Build-A-Bear Workshop spokesperson Jill Saunders has not responded to numerous calls from the U.S. Sportsmenâ€™s Alliance. The partnership is being promoted through an ad that reads, "Make a new stuffed puppy and help save a real puppy!" "This promotion is being run as if the HSUS actually spends its time and money helping pets," said U.S. Sportsmenâ€™s Alliance President Bud Pidgeon. "Build-A-Bear Workshop must realize that HSUS does not run any cat or dog shelters in this country. In fact, only a very small percentage of its enormous $65 million income went toward programs directly helping companion animals in 2000." Americaâ€™s sportsmen should be outraged with Build-A-Bear Workshop's donations because the HSUS promotes anti-conservation issues through its attacks on Americaâ€™s hunting heritage and other forms of animal use. You can express your extreme dissatisfaction with Build-A-Bear Workshopâ€™s donations to the HSUS by calling Maxine Clark, Build-A-Bear Workshop CEO at (888) 560-2327. Comments may also be sent to Maxine Clark, CEO, Build-A-Bear Workshop, Inc., 1954 Innerbelt Business Center Dr., St. Louis, MO 63114. Fax (314) 423-8188.