Thursday, July 17, 2008
David Martosko is at it again.
The man paid by the Center for Consumer Freedom to go after animal advocates has embellished his tagline. He's now "a national expert on the politics of the animal-protection movement." Of course, that implies he's unbiased and is certainly not receiving money from industries that profit from animal suffering. But he is.
Here's the letter to the editor I just submitted:
I found David Martosko's column about animal protection laughable ("Leona's loot and a more humane America," July 17). First, Martosko is not a national expert on animal protection, as his tagline says. He's a paid flack from the deceptively named Center for Consumer Freedom whose sole goal is to discredit organizations that advocate on behalf of animals.
The CCF receives funds from various industries, including the restaurant, alcohol and meat industries. According to CCF president Richard Berman, the group's strategy is "to shoot the messenger. ... We've got to attack their [activists'] credibility as spokespersons."
Because the Humane Society of the United States and PETA advocate on behalf of all animals -- including farmed animals, by supporting veganism -- Martosko tries to discredit them to appease his clients that profit from animal suffering.
(The "Wolf in Sheep's Clothing" image courtesy of American Chronicle.)