Notorious pro-vivisection group Americans for Medical Progress is exposed
The famed animal research lobbying and
public relations group American's for Medical Progress may be following you
on Twitter: they are currently using the Twitter name 'Vegwashington' to
follow over two-dozen activists.
Twitter profile here.
And if they take it down after this goes public,
view a screenshot here.
Animal Liberation Frontline has received
information AMP has been using this account for nearly two years to track
the online activity of animal rights activists. Are they following you? I've
posted the full list of who they are following below.
Americans for Medical Progress?
If you've given any amount
of attention to opponents of the animal liberation movement, you are aware
American's for Medical Progress. They work to promote animal research, or
more accurately, combat the animal rights movement. They have an emphasis on
speaking out against the work of the Animal Liberation Front, through their
campaigns such as 'Pro-Test'.
Who they follow
The list reads like a fairly typical who's-who of people you might want
to track if you are a pro-vivisection group (I'm flattered to have made the
list). There is one suspicious exception: the Twitter feed for '@baconpatriot',
apparently having a pro-meat focus. This raises the question: Is this
another secret disinformation / public relations-aimed Twitter account?
It should be no surprise that anti-animal rights groups are monitoring
activists on the internet. It's not just easy, it's (mostly) anonymous.
However, rarely do they get caught and exposed.
The few in recent
memory who have been caught (primarily on Facebook), have all made a feeble
attempt to cultivate an image of authenticity in their online activist
persona. And in every attempt, including this one, it comes off as
cartoonish caricature. Like a two-dimensional version of a real 'activist'.
In this instance, there's not much to go off of (they only posted two
tweets), but look at the photo, tagline, and tweet content. The only word
that comes to mind again is: cartoonish. (Oddly, their second tweet would
seem to give them away, calling someone hypocritical for being anti-animal
research but pro-chemotherapy.)
View a complete list of everyone they are following here
ed note: nobody connected directly with this website uses a