Friday, June 15, 2007

A letter from Microsoft

Well today I got a letter from Microsoft in regards to my letter to them about partnering with the Humane Society of the United States. The letter states:

Dear Mr. Paulson,

Thank you for forwarding your concern.

At Microsoft, our mission and values are to help people and organizations throughout the world realize their full potential. With the "i'm" Initiative, our goal is to empower our users to support causes that are most important to them through something they do every day - send instant messages. Consistent with our initiative slogan "It's your voice, it's your choice", people are able to choose from among ten of the most recognized social cause organizations that address issues ranging from poverty, child protection, disease, environmental degradation and animal protection.

We respect and value your opinion, however, we do not plan to make changes to our relationship with our partners. We feel strongly that these organizations provide a range of causes that will appeal to a wide range of passions.

Microsoft Corporation

This decision by Microsoft should upset the 13 million people 16 years and older who enjoy hunting in the U.S each year. I guess that is not enough people to concern Microsoft.

This only highlights to me how much work we have to do as a community of hunters and wildlife conservationists to get the message out about the kinds of things that are provided in this world by hunters. The millions of acres of land that were protected by the Roberts-Pittman Act, the good work of our conservation organizations worldwide and the great human stories that are provided in the field each and every day between friends and family!