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By Doug Powers  •  April 28, 2009 08:45 AM

Not long ago, Rush Limbaugh recorded a series of public service announcements for the Humane Society (HS press release and audio links here).

The Washington Times is reporting that Limbaugh’s support for the Humane Society isn’t going over well with some who may otherwise agree with him:

Rush Limbaugh’s new pet project — fighting animal cruelty for the Humane Society of the United States — is riling sportsmen from coast to coast, prompting fears that the talkster typically supportive of gun rights is aiding a group they say has a secret agenda to end all hunting in America.

Twenty-eight groups representing millions of hunters and sportsmen are demanding that the conservative radio commentator end his collaboration with the HSUS and stop “helping them to mainstream their image in the minds of reasonable people.”

“Despite a few programs designed to attract support from the general public, HSUS is in fact an organization that opposes hunting, fishing, and trapping,” the groups, including Ducks Unlimited and the U.S. Sportsmen’s Alliance, wrote in a letter last week to Mr. Limbaugh.

The Humane Society doesn’t understand the criticism of Limbaugh:

The Humane Society’s president and chief executive, Wayne Pacelle, said the issue shouldn’t be political.

“I’m embarrassed for them that they would criticize Rush for amplifying our message that dogfighting and other malicious forms of animal cruelty are unacceptable in society,” he said.

Considering the animal slaughters that took place around the globe to celebrate the election of the candidate who the Humane Society Legislative Fund endorsed, the Humane Society should be a little more embarrassed by that irony than of any hunter and gun owner backlash against Rush.

Maybe Rush just felt the need to pick up the slack for President Obama’s broken promise to adopt a shelter dog. Who knows.

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