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January 10, 2013

Chairman of Venerable and Controversial Animal Group Resigns

The board chairman of the American Humane Association has stepped down after six years at the century-old charity, which works to ensure the welfare of animals and children, the Los Angeles Times writes.

An association statement Wednesday did not identify the reasons for Eric Bruner's exit, which comes three months after the Times reported on a $233,863 payment by the organization to Mr. Bruner's business partner for unspecified consulting services.

The charity has come under fire from other animal-welfare groups for its monitoring of Hollywood productions, most recently after the death of several horses during filming of the HBO racetrack drama Luck. A former Humane Association official filed suit against the organization and the network last week, claiming she was fired for reporting alleged animal abuse on the Luck set, The Hollywood Reporter writes.