In time, we will understand how much of our joy and
passion these organizations have taken away from us.
Maybe the people who run them have never known the
great heights, brilliant emotional colors and deep
feelings that the rest of us know with our animals.
Maybe they all live in a bland, polite, Ritalin world.
But, time will change them. As people begin waking
up, and lawmakers begin to see their mistakes, they
will take more than a second look at the corporations
that started with our contributions and grew up to
bite the hands that feed them. You will see things
like Wisconsin passing laws to protect its agricultural
industry against interference by animal rights activists.
You will see things like Michigan Institute of Technology
taking a second look before offering credit courses
on how to destroy the Greyhound racing industry instead
of improving it. You will see less and less about
them in the news, because press releases by animal
rights groups will be more carefully evaluated by
editors and program directors before being reported
as gospel. The circus will be fun again, breeders
won't worry about the safety of their animals, and
horse races, county fairs and dog shows will be bigger
It's summer here. I go outside and look at
the lake that I fell in love with the first time I
saw this place that has become my home. The place
where my horses and dogs live along with Mamie, the
wild cat who isn't really so wild. I walk along the
lake and imagine it's an ocean. Tossing a stone into
the dark water, I pretend the ripples are waves rushing
over the sands, then pulling back and leaving behind
new things for us to think about, new things to discover.
That's how it is at the shore, in your bare feet,
as the waves roll a little further out each time.
That's how it is when the tide is turning.
CCF Knocks Animal Rights Groups Back On Their Paws
nation's ultra-wealthy animal rights groups usually
get a free pass from the media for being "compassionate."
But from New York to Washington and beyond, the Center
for Consumer Freedom is exposing those groups for
their hypocrisy, and for their support of the movement's
terrorist underbelly. Our work is paying off. The
most visible animal rights groups are now being forced
to turn their attention away from their propaganda
and toward defending their indefensible acts.
Since we launched www.PetaKillsAnimals.com,
hundreds of thousands of people have learned People
for the Ethical Treatment of Animals' dirty little
secret. And yesterday, we told a standing-room-only
U.S. Senate hearing how groups like PETA, the Humane
Society of the United States, and the Physicians Committee
for Responsible Medicine offer rhetorical and monetary
support for groups like the FBI-designated terrorist
Animal Liberation Front (ALF) and Earth Liberation
Front (ELF). Agent John Lewis, deputy assistant director
for counterterrorism, told the hearing that those
groups pose the most serious domestic terror threat,
saying: "There is nothing else going on in this
country over the last several years that is racking
up the high number of violent crimes and terrorist
Judging from the comments of PETA, HSUS,
and a leading ALF supporter in the wake of the Senate
hearing, it looks like we've hit a nerve:
"An HSUS spokesman attempted to label
our claims as "outrageous." That's certainly
the appropriate word for HSUS's behavior.
"PETA's attorney said the group "has
no involvement with alleged ALF or ELF actions."
Yet a sentencing memorandum for convicted ALF arsonist
Rodney Coronado indicates PETA president Ingrid Newkirk
had advance knowledge of his crime.
"University of Texas El Paso professor
Steven Best -- an ardent defender and press officer
for ALF who refused to appear at yesterday's Senate
hearing or assist in any way -- said: "I am in
the above ground support movement, I do not operate
in both worlds such that I am in contact with anyone
in the ALF or recruit anyone for it." That's
funny, since Best has been caught on camera saying:
"It's the same thing with the ALF. We are breaking
down doors, breaking into buildings, rescuing animals,
and smashing property." [emphasis added] He's
also posed on camera posing with Rodney Coronado.
The El Paso Times quotes CCF noting: "Dr. Best's
academic position affords him a position of regrettable
influence within the animal-rights movement."
Yesterday's Senate hearing received widespread
media attention from outlets like the Associated Press,
Copley News Service, UPI, and the San Diego Union
Tribune. As CNN noted, Sen. James Inhofe "said
there was 'a growing network of support for extremists
like ELF and ALF,' and he singled out People for the
Ethical Treatment of Animals for giving money to members
of both groups." The Des Moines Register also
Inhofe said that although no one has been killed in
an eco-terrorist attack, experts believe it is only
a matter of time. "It is time to take a look
at the culture and climate of support for criminally
based activism like ELF and ALF and do something about
it," he said.
Florida Neuters HSUS Funding
leading animal rights groups spend top dollar trying
to steal meat off our tables, they spend precious
little in the way of directly helping animals. As
we've highlighted with our popular new website, PetaKillsAnimals.com,
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals spends
millions on offensive PR campaigns while it penny-pinches
by killing more than 10,000 dogs and cats rather than
caring for them or finding them new homes. This week,
Florida legislators took funds from the state's "friends
of animals" license plate away from the radical
Humane Society of the United
States (HSUS) after they discovered the ultra-rich
HSUS doesn't operate any spay/neuter programs.
HSUS has over $113 million in assets and an annual
operating budget of $69 million. The group's recent
merger with The Fund For Animals will likely bump
its budget into the $80 million range. HSUS poured
more than $175,000 into a 2002 Florida ballot initiative
which gave constitutional rights to pregnant pigs.
Meanwhile, as HSUS itself admits (in a disclosure
buried deep within its website): The Humane Society
of the United States (HSUS) is not affiliated with,
is it a parent organization for, local humane societies,
animal shelters, or animal care and control agencies
... The HSUS does not operate or have direct control
over any animal shelter.
Reporter Mike Jackson poses the obvious question:
Since HSUS doesn't administer any spaying or neutering
programs, the legislature was quite correct to have
blocked their receiving any future funds. The unanswered
questions causing the red cheeks are simple: How did
HSUS manage to get designated as a recipient of the
funds in the first place, and will there be any move
to recover any funds they've already
received since they were apparently given to HSUS
under false pretenses?
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