AGC Communications Coordinator Gary Guccione scored a direct hit on December 2, when the Bradenton Herald published his response to a November 25 commentary attacking greyhound racing.

Guccione noted that the commentary contained “propaganda” promoted by the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), which he described as “an extreme animal rights organization with a huge budget and zero credibility.”

Guccione took particular aim at HSUS for its continued “false and deceptive claims against greyhound racing” based on badly outdated adoption statistics. “Given the fact that only about 10,600 greyhounds were registered to race in 2014, simple match demonstrates just how wrong the HSUS numbers are,” he wrote. “But HSUS isn’t about the truth, it’s about the fundraising.”

The letter also highlighted the fact that HSUS is reportedly under investigation in several states for its deceptive fundraising practices, which lead donors to believe the organization operates pet shelters when, in fact, it does not, and gives less than 1 percent of its immense wealth to shelters operated by other groups.

“We hope your readers take these deceptive claims against greyhound racing with a grain of salt,” the AGC letter concluded. “As Mark Twain once said, a lie can get around the world before the truth gets its pants on.”