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This is a blog for animal rights activists who are concerned about the misogynist, racist, homophobic and transphobic tactics used by PETA.   
Monday, April 6, 2009
The enemy of my enemy is not my friend
Normally you'd think I would be thrilled to be getting tons of mail about PETA getting bad press. Well, usually I am happy when somebody in the media takes them down a peg or ten, but this week the bad press has not been the type any ethical, honest person would like to see.

You see, for some absolutely harebrained reason, PETA's (admittedly too high) euthanasia statistics are back in the news. Mainly it's been blogs, but one of my Google news alerts showed that the Telegraph of the United Kingdom has gotten in on the action as well. The driving source behind these articles has been one Center for Consumer Freedom, a front group for the meat, tobacco, junk food and alcohol industry. One of my friends who's heavily involved in animal rights pointed out to me that it might be a good idea to let the world know up front that these haters are not welcome to appropriate or twist my work to their ends. I'm guessing this wee blog isn't even on their radar yet, but should that ever happen, here is the official Vegans Against PETA statement on the Center for Consumer Freedom and the many other industry front groups they run:

The Center for Consumer Freedom is made up entirely of money-hungry, lying, manipulative, selfish, life-hating, fear-mongering fuckdongs who have absolutely no good purpose in the world. They and their affiliates will never be used as a source on this blog, and discussion of their possible merits will not be tolerated since none exist.

There, CCF shills. Is that clear enough for you? Now run along and go smother infants or whatever it is you sick lot do with your spare time.

With that out of the way, let's do a brief rundown of what CCF is all about before my lunch break ends:

  • They regularly attack the National Cancer Institute for publishing studies showing that, for instance, red meat and smoking are bad for your health. Their most recent press release against the NCI was just a week ago. (Link is to the cache so as not to send them traffic.)

  • They have spread lies about the Humane Society of the United States, claiming in front of Congress that HSUS is in league with the Animal Liberation Front and Earth Liberation front. Read HSUS's response here. (And I'm sorry, anybody who honestly thinks HSUS is in league with terrorist groups is a dingaling of the highest order.)

  • They've had domain names taken away for posing as a consumer group and trying to purchase domains similar to those of groups they oppose in hopes of tricking people into going to their sites.

  • Finally, one of the many front websites CCF runs is (The link is to Source Watch's article on PETA Kills Animals, not the website itself.) They note that CCF's major funders are groups that PETA has targeted in their campaigns, hence it is clear that CCF's opposition to PETA has nothing to do with concern for animals or anybody else, but rather their own financial interests. After all, if CCF gave one sixteenth of a shit about animals, why would they be receiving money from the meat industry and why would they attack cancer researchers who question the value of meat eating?

As my friend wrote to me, "They say that consumers should have freedom...But shouldn't consumers have the freedom to know if their foods have GMO's in them? Or if they are produced by egregious animal abuse?" Which is a pretty good summary of their dishonesty. Like Concerned Women for America, their name is a misnomer. CWA isn't concerned about women but rather upholding patriarchy. CCF isn't concerned about consumer freedom but rather about protecting the worst forms of corporate exploitation and dishonesty.

It's pretty clear that CCF has been fighting a losing battle these days, as states increasingly ban smoking in restaurants, lower DUI limits, restrict the availability of junk food and implement protections for farmed animals. As more changes like these happen, we can expect to see the so-called Center for Consumer Freedom and other similar interest groups go more and more over the edge as things get more and more desperate for them and the economy starts to take a toll on their profits as well. (We can see a similar phenomenon right now among extreme gun advocates and racists with the election of Barack Obama.) When people are desperate and losing, they resort to lies, scare tactics, hatred and flat-out stupidity, which is about the only thing CCF and their associates have going for them. People of principle and honesty are best off steering clear of this self-interest group.
posted by The Venerable Vegan Empress @ 11:00 AM  
  • At August 31, 2009 at 10:37 PM, Blogger Stefan said… (a bunch of CCF fanboys) are trying to make out you're on their side.
    Just a heads-up in case you disapprove.


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