The Star allowed the so-called "Center for Consumer Freedom" to cross
the line when the group falsely accused the Humane Society of the
United States (HSUS) of supporting "the eco-terror problem." The
suggestion that the HSUS supports any illegal action, or that it has
ties to eco-terror groups which it has repeatedly denounced, is
patently untrue and outrageous.
The Center for Consumer Freedom (CCF) — which is not in the centre,
nor does it represent consumers or freedom — is run by shills for the
tobacco, alcohol and hospitality industries. The group actively
opposes efforts by health advocates, doctors, animal welfare advocates
and other public interest organizations.
It opposes any advances from anti-smoking, anti-drinking and healthy
food advocates, and seeks to discredit them with lies, half-truths,
and innuendo. CCF has a history of hurling cheap and tawdry attacks at
other mainstream and popular groups, in addition to the HSUS, such as
Mothers Against Drunk Driving, the American Medical Association and
the Arthritis Foundation.