Opposition

Frankendeer, Captive Hunts, and Captive Politicians

By on July 15, 2014 in Companion Animals, Opposition, Wildlife/Marine Mammals with 0 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
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 . . . 

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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 . . . 

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Helping Hands, Hired Hands

By on February 14, 2014 in Companion Animals, Farm Animals, Opposition, Wildlife/Marine Mammals with 0 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
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 . . . 

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Maximum Deception from Berman

By on February 10, 2014 in Opposition with 1 Comment By Wayne Pacelle
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 . . . 

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An Open Letter to Agriculture Journalists and Leaders

By on January 17, 2014 in Farm Animals, Opposition, Wildlife/Marine Mammals with 0 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
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 . . . 

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Maine Voters: Don’t Take the Bait

By on September 24, 2013 in Opposition, Wildlife/Marine Mammals with 0 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
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 . . . 

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Ag-Gag Bills Bite the Dust

By on July 26, 2013 in Farm Animals, Opposition, Public Policy (Legal/Legislative) with 0 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
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 . . . 

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The Real IRS Subplot

By on May 31, 2013 in Companion Animals, Opposition, Wildlife/Marine Mammals with 0 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
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 . . . 

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Agriculture Policy Issues In the Cooker

By on May 14, 2013 in Farm Animals, Opposition with 0 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
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 . . . 

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Rick Berman’s Debut in Canada Flops

By on May 3, 2013 in Farm Animals, Humane Society International, Opposition with 0 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
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, . . . 

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Front Groups Fumble During Super Bowl

By on February 4, 2013 in Companion Animals, Opposition with 0 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
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 . . . 

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

By on November 2, 2012 in Companion Animals, Farm Animals, Opposition with 0 Comments By Wayne Pacelle
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 . . . 

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