- The Washington Times - Sunday, July 13, 2008

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

David Martosko’s Center for Consumer Freedom (CCF) is an industry front for tobacco, alcohol and agribusiness interests. The group’s stock-in-trade involves taking aim at organizations that promote food safety, public health or animal welfare (”Help local animal shelters,” Letters, Thursday). Its predecessor organization started with a $600,000 grant from tobacco giant Phillip Morris. CCF has even attacked Mothers Against Drunk Driving and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for their anti-drunk-driving and public health campaigns.

In the pay and in the pocket of corporate special interests that profit from animal cruelty, CCF has always griped about our work to combat factory farming, puppy mills, the Canadian seal slaughter, commercial whaling and other large-scale cruelties.

The Humane Society of the United States has stood for more than a half century as the nation’s most important advocate for local humane societies. We also maintain our own network of sanctuaries for abused or abandoned animals serve as the nation’s lead disaster-relief agency for animals, give millions in grants to local humane organizations and operate a veterinary services program that provides no-cost treatments for tens of thousands of dogs and cats in rural regions throughout the country.

MICHAEL

MARKARIAN

Executive vice president

The Humane Society of the United States

Washington

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