Opposition

The Price of Progress – How Our Victories Breed Enemies

The Price of Progress – How Our Victories Breed Enemies

Precisely because The HSUS is so effective, we are the target of disinformation campaigns from our political adversaries. The king of disinformation is Rick Berman, the guy “60 Minutes” dubbed “Dr. Evil” for his work attacking public interest groups on behalf of anonymous corporations.   Among many successes this year, we prevented the resumption of . . . 

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Fighting Factory Farming – With Every Tool We Have

By on August 20, 2014 in Farm Animals, Investigations, Opposition
Fighting Factory Farming – With Every Tool We Have

We are in a pitched battle against factory farming – a battle to transform agriculture and the way consumers think about and consume food. Animal agriculture has become thoroughly industrialized, with animals forced to live in windowless, overcrowded, stinking, ammonia-laden buildings. Photo: The HSUS Our society is raising too many animals for food – nine . . . 

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‘The Agitator’ Speaks

By on August 12, 2014 in Companion Animals, Opposition
‘The Agitator’ Speaks

Precisely because The HSUS is so effective, it is the target of disinformation campaigns from our political adversaries. That shouldn’t surprise any of you, and it’s perhaps one of the best indicators that we are pressing reform in effective and strategic ways on the biggest issues facing animals – from factory farming to seal clubbing . . . 

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Frankendeer, Captive Hunts, and Captive Politicians

Frankendeer, Captive Hunts, and Captive Politicians

We know that Washington lobbyist and PR operative Rick Berman has shilled for seal clubbers, puppy millers, elephant abusers in the traveling circus industry, and all sorts of factory farming interests. His career portfolio also includes folks who peddle tobacco to teens, enable drunk drivers, promote risky tanning beds, and inject corn syrup, trans fats and . . . 

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Answering the Haters of Animal Protection

Answering the Haters of Animal Protection

Lobbyist and PR man Rick Berman has made a career of setting up phony front groups and flacking for the most disreputable of corporate causes. He has worked with consistent ineffectiveness against efforts to combat smoking, drunk driving, consumption of mercury-laced fish by pregnant moms and trans fats by people of any age, and so . . . 

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Helping Hands, Hired Hands

Helping Hands, Hired Hands

It’s nice to see so many signs of progress in our work, and Valentine’s Day week presented still more of them. We were so pleased to see Olympic Silver Medalist Gus Kenworthy pledge to rescue a family of dogs he saw on the streets of Sochi, with plans to take them back to his home . . . 

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Maximum Deception from Berman

By on February 10, 2014 in Opposition
Maximum Deception from Berman

The New York Times, in a front page story, peeled back a layer or two of Rick Berman’s attempts to deceive the American public about his for-profit ventures on behalf of corporations working against the public interest. The story, from reporter Eric Lipton, exposed Berman’s association with the so-called “Employment Policies Institute,” which attacks efforts . . . 

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An Open Letter to Agriculture Journalists and Leaders

An Open Letter to Agriculture Journalists and Leaders

In an era of sweeping change in communications, the long-standing principles of American journalism are being tested and challenged. Some journalistic principles are enduring, however, and for good reason. The enterprise depends on a commitment to establishing and reporting facts, and to communicating them with accuracy and fairness. This is a foundational component of a . . . 

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Maine Voters: Don’t Take the Bait

By on September 24, 2013 in Opposition, Wildlife/Marine Mammals
Maine Voters: Don’t Take the Bait

Yesterday, in Maine, the trophy hunting and trapping lobby trotted out endorsements from politicians opposing our effort to ban the unsporting and reckless practices of bear baiting, hounding and trapping. The positions of those politicians, generally speaking, have nothing to do with the merits of the issue, but are founded in their belief that they’ll curry . . . 

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Ag-Gag Bills Bite the Dust

Ag-Gag Bills Bite the Dust

As our society makes continuing progress on animal welfare, exposing cruelty and creating social, corporate and public policy standards, there’s an inevitable backlash from the industries that want to continue to do things just the same as always. I’ve written about the funded brand attack on The HSUS by a hired gun whose resume is . . . 

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