Casella Wines, Australia-based maker of Yellow Tail brand wines, has seen the error of its donation to the Humane Society of the United States. In exchanges with the Animal Agriculture Alliance, the wine maker has committed to directing future donations to welfare organizations committed to animal care.
“The Animal Agriculture Alliance would like to commend Casella Wines, the Australian producers of [yellow tail] on their commitment to support farmers and ranchers around the world,” according to a news release from the Alliance.
"The people at [yellow tail] have worked with us over the past few days in what we believe is a genuine effort to repair ill feeling caused by the sponsorship of the Humane Society of the United States. We are satisfied the controversy and anxiety it caused was unintentional," said Kay Johnson Smith, executive vice president for the Animal Alliance. "They have committed to in the future only supporting welfare organizations with a sole commitment to animal care. As farmers themselves, they are committed to supporting agriculture, as evidenced by their annual upcoming barbeque promotion. "
Read the letter the Alliance received from [yellow tail] on Feb. 19
"We have invited the people at [yellow tail] to work closely with the Alliance, an offer that is open to wine makers around the world. As we all know, meat, cheeses and wine are natural partners." Johnson Smith said. "We are happy to put this unfortunate incident behind us."
Source: Animal Agriculture Alliance