Animal Protection > ALF Foes

[American Chronicle]

The so-called Center for Consumer Freedom (CCF) is at it again, this time attacking PETA. But their ploy has backfired. The CCF was set to run a full-page ad against PETA, in this week's Hollywood edition of Variety, but Variety pulled the ad at the 11th hour. That's good news because one thing we consumers don't need is more corporate spin.

Probably, the CCF planned the ad to coincide with the culmination of a North Carolina court case involving two PETA workers accused of animal cruelty, but a jury acquitted them of all charges, except for littering. The CCF has been playing up the case and hoping for a conviction, but with the acquittal, the rug has been pulled out from under them. Cooler heads prevailed, both in court and at Variety. No doubt, the CCF is doubly disappointed.
Anyone who criticizes tobacco, alcohol, fatty foods or soda pop is likely to come under attack from CCF. Its enemies list has included such diverse groups and individuals as...the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons; the American Medical Association; the Arthritis Foundation; the Consumer Federation of America; New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani; the Harvard School of Public Health; the Marin Institute for the Prevention of Alcohol and Other Drug Problems; the National Association of High School Principals; the National Safety Council . . . Ralph Nader's group, Public Citizen; and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The constant barrage of disinformation put out by the CCF flies in the face of both science and common sense. But that should be no surprise, since their goal never was to promote consumer health -- or freedom -- but to increase their clients' profit-margins. Now that PETA has been cleared, the CCF can go back to fighting MADD (Mothers Against Drunk Driving).
Gayle Dean is a freelance writer, outdoorswoman, and cruciverbalist.

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