Now that we are nearly three weeks past the first quarter of 2012, I thought I’d give you a list of the top 10 blogs of the period, the ones you read and remarked upon the most. Not surprisingly, the most popular blogs focused on progress―like the gains we made in relation to McDonald’s, L’Oréal, and horse diving, and the introduction of the federal legislation to ban barren battery cages.
You also showed a great interest in our undercover investigations of horse soring and pig factory farms. And you paid attention to areas where efforts at reform fell short, such as the Obama administration’s half-measure on restricting the import of snakes and the U.S. Supreme Court’s adverse ruling overturning a no-downer law we helped to pass in California.
Of course, you also looked closely at the post on Rick Berman, the front man for industries that want to go on exploiting animals. He spent hundreds of thousands on deceptive advertisements attacking The HSUS, and with this blog and other outbound e-mail, we raised an additional quarter-million dollars or so to augment campaigns we are already conducting against animal abuse of the sort that Berman defends. Now whenever Berman attacks, we are going to turn his offensives into opportunities. We’ll raise more funds so that the anonymous funders backing Berman know how self-defeating their support really is. In fact, they’ll face more heat than ever from The HSUS. We don’t run from our attackers, we charge the front lines, and we don’t relent.