Opposition

The Real IRS Subplot

The Real IRS Subplot

When we took on the major problems threatening millions or even billions of animals – cracking down on puppy mills, fighting intensive confinement on factory farms, confronting the government of Canada and its ghastly seal slaughter, working to eradicate dogfighting and cockfighting, and curbing the trade in exotic wildlife – I knew we’d face pushback. . . . 

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Agriculture Policy Issues In the Cooker

By on May 14, 2013 in Farm Animals, Opposition
Agriculture Policy Issues In the Cooker

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam’s veto of a proposed “ag-gag” bill yesterday almost overshadowed progress toward a milestone in our anti-gestation crate campaign: the New Jersey legislature gave final approval to Senate Bill 1921 to bring the Garden State that much closer to being the 10th state to ban the extreme confinement of breeding sows. Championed . . . 

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Rick Berman’s Debut in Canada Flops

Rick Berman’s Debut in Canada Flops

When Rick Berman of the front group Center for Consumer Freedom isn’t shilling for liquor interests, junk food peddlers, or the tanning bed industry, he’s cuddling up to a wide variety of sectors causing harm to animals. He’s got a big following among cockfighters, seal clubbers, puppy millers, factory farmers, and others. Their websites and social media . . . 

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Front Groups Fumble During Super Bowl

By on February 4, 2013 in Companion Animals, Opposition
Front Groups Fumble During Super Bowl

Rick Berman blew a load of cash last night by placing a television ad in the Washington, D.C. market during the Super Bowl pre-game. It was an attempt to attack The Humane Society of the United States by his front group the Center for Consumer Freedom and its HumaneWatch campaign. Two weeks ago I wrote . . . 

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The Confidence Man, Unmasked, and Asked to Answer to the IRS

The Confidence Man, Unmasked, and Asked to Answer to the IRS

It’s an old and familiar story, the confidence man with his bag of tricks, working his scams until the cold light of day shines and unmasks him for all to see.  That’s where Richard Berman finds himself today – exposed as the black bag artist for hire, a man who has made a hefty gain attacking . . . 

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Helping Pets in Need, And Also Fighting Large-Scale Cruelty

Helping Pets in Need, And Also Fighting Large-Scale Cruelty

As this year’s general election approaches, candidates are already airing millions in attack ads. It’s that season. For us at The HSUS, it’s always that season. Puppy millers, sealers, factory farmers, and others attack and criticize us about everything we do–not because we don’t use money efficiently, but precisely the opposite. They even try to . . . 

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Defenders of Cruelty Distort the Truth

By on April 20, 2012 in Farm Animals, Opposition
Defenders of Cruelty Distort the Truth

In our field, we are used to seeing the defenders of cruelty go to great lengths to obscure the facts or to justify their misconduct. This trait was on display in spades this week.

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A Positive Step to Address the Trade in Large Constrictor Snakes

A Positive Step to Address the Trade in Large Constrictor Snakes

Today, the U.S. House Judiciary Committee approved a bill to ban the trade in nine species of large, constricting snakes, a bill strongly backed by The HSUS.

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Give ‘Dr. Evil’ a Taste of His Own Medicine

Give ‘Dr. Evil’ a Taste of His Own Medicine

Notorious Washington, D.C. lobbyist Rick Berman is taking aim again at our campaigns to combat animal cruelty. One of his front groups―something he calls "HumaneWatch"―aired a TV ad during last night’s Academy Awards attacking The Humane Society of the United States. He doesn’t attack us because we are ineffective―but precisely the opposite, because he knows . . . 

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Four Stars for HSUS from Charity Navigator

Four Stars for HSUS from Charity Navigator

Supporters of The HSUS can see our results in the form of animals rescued, cruelty prevented, and awareness built. I’m also glad to report that both The HSUS and Humane Society International just received four stars, the highest rating, from the independent charity evaluator Charity Navigator.

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