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“I believe I am not interested to know whether Vivisection produces results that are profitable to the human race or doesn’t. To know that the results are profitable to the race would not remove my hostility to it. The pains which it inflicts upon unconsenting animals is the basis of my enmity towards it, and it is to me sufficient justification of the enmity without looking further.” – Mark Twain

“Anyone who has accustomed himself to regard the life of any living creature as worthless is in danger of arriving also at the idea of worthless human lives.”
-Albert Schweitzer

“Animal factories are one more sign of the extent to which our technological capacities have advanced faster than our ethics.” -Peter Singer

“The question is not, “Can they reason?” nor, “Can they talk?” but rather, “Can they suffer?”
– Jeremy Bentham

“There is no fundamental difference between man and the higher animals in their mental faculties… The lower animals, like man, manifestly feel pleasure and pain, happiness, and misery.”
– Charles Darwin

“Until we have the courage to recognize cruelty for what it is – whether its victim is human or animal – we cannot expect things to be much better in this world… We cannot have peace among men whose hearts delight in killing any living creature. By every act that glorifies or even tolerates such moronic delight in killing we set back the progress of humanity. ”
– Rachel Carson

“When a man has pity on all living creatures then only is he noble.”
– Buddha

“All the arguments to prove man’s superiority cannot shatter this hard fact: in suffering the animals are our equals.” – Peter Singer

“A human being is a part of the whole, called by us the ’Universe’, a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings, as something separate from the rest – a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty.” – Albert Einstein

“Nothing will benefit human health and increase the chances for survival of life on Earth as much as the evolution to a vegetarian diet.” – Albert Einstein

“Those who claim to care about the well-being of human beings and the preservation of our environment should become vegetarians for that reason alone. They would thereby increase the amount of grain available to feed people elsewhere, reduce pollution, save water and energy, and cease contributing to the clearing of forests. When nonvegetarians say that “human problems come first” I cannot help wondering what exactly it is that they are doing for human beings that compels them to continue to support the wasteful, ruthless exploitation of farm animals.” – Peter Singer

“A man can live and be healthy without killing animals for food; therefore, if he eats meat, he participates in taking animal life merely for the sake of his appetite. And to act so is immoral.” – Leo Tolstoy

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Have you seen this billboard on 10th and L Streets?

This billboard recently went up in Lincoln, NE in order to coincide with a visit by Humane Society of the United States’ (HSUS) President, Wayne Pacelle. The group behind the billboard is Humanewatch, ostensibly a watchdog group monitoring the HSUS, a group they claim to be an “extremist animal rights group”. In reality Humanewatch is an offshoot of the disingenuously named Center for Consumer Freedom (CCF) – a propaganda group for hire. CCF has created many offshoot “front” groups in order to run smear campaigns against public interest groups like: Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) when they were hired by the liquor industry to oppose MADD’s work toward blood alcohol limits; the Center for Science in the Public Interest when hired by the fast food industry to downplay the negative health effects of trans-fats and obesity; the Center for Disease Control (CDC) when hired by the seafood industry in an attempt to discredit the CDC’s claims about the dangers of mercury in seafood; organized labor as a whole through its front groups Center for Union Facts and Employee Freedom Action Committee – in order to defend low wages; and now they have been hired by big agribusiness corporations in order to slander groups that propose animal welfare and environmental standards – standards which corporations feel would hurt their multi-billion dollar profit margins. CCF and its offshoots have also attacked the Environmental Protection Agency in defense of cancer-causing pesticides, the Americans with Disabilities Act, and restrictions on indoor smoking (by attempting to downplay the harm of secondhand smoke).

CCF’s Humanewatch has stooped to outright lying in order to smear animal welfare groups such as HSUS – they were even forced to issue a formal retraction after falsely accusing HSUS of funding international terrorism. The statement on the billboard above is an irrelevant “straw man”, as HSUS is an animal welfare organization which runs its own shelters and does not purport to fund local shelters. CCF offers a valuable service to ruthless corporations by allowing them to anonymously attack organized labor, charity and public interest groups that get in the way of their profits, all the while receiving tax breaks for their “donations”. But don’t take my word for it – all of this information is easily uncovered by doing a simple internet search. 1,2

Humanewatch and CCF were created by Richard Berman, a Washington D.C. lobbyist, with the help of a $600,000 grant from the Phillip Morris Tobacco Corporation to fight anti-smoking groups. Humanewatch is listed by the IRS as a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization, but this “non-profit” funnels 92% of its multi-million dollar corporate “donations” into Berman’s PR firm Berman & Company. 3 By exploiting this legal loophole Berman is able to forego transparency standards for non-profits and acquire all of these millions of dollars as tax-free profits.

Sources:
1 Mayer, Caroline E. and Joyce, Amy. “The Escalating Obesity Wars Nonprofit’s Tactics, Funding Sources Spark Controversy”, The Washington Post, April 27, 2005.
2 http://www.sourcewatch.org/index.php?title=Rick_Berman
3 2005 IRS Form 990 for the Center for Consumer Freedom. Retrieved on October 20, 2009.

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