Wednesday, April 9, 2008

the truth behind

alright, now there is plenty of solid criticism one can make of PETA, but the people behind have taken it over the edge. (For solid arguments against PETA, check out Penn and Teller's show Bullshit.)

I found the site the other day when my girl told me how she heard about PETA members caught killing animals. When I tried to research the accusations I found an incredible amount of bullshit to slough through, the slickest being

The website is a project of the Center for Consumer Freedom.
Sure it sounds good in their tagline that they promote personal responsibility and consumer choice, but in reality it is all just a product of infamous Washington lobbyist Richard "Rick" Berman. He began the "non-profit" in 1995 with $$$ from Philip Morris.

Over the years Berman has attacked many groups, including MADD, (whom he accused of using "junk science."
Another of his projects has been to dismiss the notion that high levels of mercury in fish are bad for you to consume. His largest donors include Coca-Cola, Wendy's, Tyson, Cargill, Outback Steakhouse, and Monsanto.

From what I understand, Berman's scheme goes something like this -
He approaches these big corporations to donate to these "non-profits" he is a part of, these non-profits then hire Berman's consulting firm to work for them, and so a great deal of the money eventually goes right back to Berman.

Indeed. Berman is the epitome of shady.

1 comment:

AnimalLover22 said...

I disagree with you about Penn & Teller. But I agree with you about the CCF. They only care about the money they are given from the meat, dairy, alcohol, etc., industries. They don't care about consumers. And they certainly don't care about animals.

Go veg!