Berman, How Low Can You Go?

I could go on about the leadership role he’s taken to defend the worst cruelties, to oppose even the most modest animal welfare reforms, and to shill for the worst animal abuse industries in America. But now Rick Berman has outdone himself. Now, this Beltway con artist–who has probably spent as much time as anyone in recent years fighting against animal welfare–has formed a new supposed animal welfare charity. He’s calling it the “Humane Society for Shelter Pets.”

Remember, this is a man who opposed Prop B and other efforts to crack down on puppy mills.

He’s defended seal clubbing in Canada.

He opposed Prop 2 to help farm animals in California and all other major reforms to crack down on extreme confinement of animals on factory farms, including our work with the egg industry to provide more space to laying hens.

He’s opposed our efforts to stop horse slaughter.

Berman fails to recognize that all of us animal advocates–whether we are fighting for dogs, cats, rabbits, chickens, horses, bears, or chimpanzees–are all part of the same fundamental enterprise. That’s an enterprise driven by a concern for all creatures and notion that every one of them should have a decent life and be spared from human torment or cruelty. He may try to divide and say that only one narrow class of animals should get all of the resources, but anybody who is a true animal advocate knows that’s a destructive idea and a death sentence for so many creatures. 

And it’s just a little too convenient. Too convenient because if that ever happened, then there’d be no program focus on all of the other forms of animal cruelty that Berman’s funders want to conduct and profit from.

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2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Marcella Rockelman
    Dec 17, 2011 @ 03:28:58

    This what I call real talk, not just another fairy tale


  2. Health Insurance Plans
    Dec 20, 2011 @ 19:45:35

    It is now time to shape up or ship out.


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