Humane Society abhors all violence

To the editor:

In response to the Tuesday letter to the editor ” ‘Humane’ charities contribute to violence”:

David Martosko’s Center for Consumer Freedom is an industry front for tobacco, alcohol and agribusiness interests, and the group’s stock-in-trade involves taking aim at organizations that promote food safety, public health or animal welfare. Its predecessor organization started with a $600,000 grant from tobacco giant Phillip Morris, and CCF has even attacked Mothers Against Drunk Driving and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for its 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 is the nation’s largest animal protection organization — backed by 10.5 million Americans, or one of every 30. For more than a half-century, the Humane Society has been fighting for the protection of all animals through advocacy, education and hands-on programs.

We have a long-standing statement of policy against violence and illegal tactics, and we have even offered rewards to assist law enforcement in the capture of people engaged in attacks on people who perform scientific testing on animals, which is reviled by mainstream advocates of animal protection (“Animal rights terrorists,” Monday Review-Journal editorial).

It’s not the first time the CCF has lied about us. Three years ago the group retracted previous statements they knew to be false. Readers can go to to learn more or to get involved in our work.

Michael Markarian



Olympic spirit

To the editor:

In watching the Summer Olympics, it comes to my mind that the leaders of all countries could take lessons from the competitors in preparing, competing and respecting each other. If only the politicians could meet with each other with the same intense yet caring spirit that the athletes have, our world would be a better place in which to live.

Dennis Larounis


Age card

To the editor:

With everyone so self-conscious and self-righteous about not using the race card in this election, where are the protests from senior citizens and anti-defamation groups about the Democrats using the age card against Sen. John McCain, portraying him as a doddering, out-of-touch old fogy?

The Democrats seem to have no problem with ridiculing and stigmatizing, as long as they are the ones doing it and they have the media behind them.

Kent Rischling


Safety fascists

To the editor:

If tourists and residents can observe construction workers consuming alcohol before and during working hours, then the general contractor, Perini Corp., certainly can, too (“Safety issues raised,” Aug. 7 Review-Journal).

We don’t need citizens reporting these types of incidents to the press or the police in the name of “safety.” Let the company and the union resolve the safety issues on their work site while the rest of us learn how to deal with an America slowly sinking into the abyss of fascism.

David Hagenson


Throw the bums out

To the editor:

Richard J. Mundy, who wrote in Sunday’s Review-Journal about all Sen. Harry Reid does for Nevada, obviously not been paying attention to what Congress is not doing. Lawmakers have become so dysfunctional that they got nothing accomplished this past session, unless you think renaming a park is an accomplishment.

They have made the process so complicated that they cannot do anything without having several committees do studies, and then they can’t agree on anything from there. If Sen. Reid is responsible for getting things done as Senate majority leader, he has failed miserably.

We’ll be voting for a new president this year, and it should not stop there if this country is to survive.

I’d rather have a representative who wants to get things done than someone who has seniority and clout, which Mr. Mundy says is so important to us. It’s really sad when a congressman says, “We need to pass this so it’ll look like we have done something.”

If you consider yourself an informed voter, you owe it to yourself to check some of the information that’s available online. If you do, you’ll soon realize that we’ve been sold a can of bull, and the whole bunch needs to be ousted. If our work was like theirs, we’d be fired very quickly, and we wouldn’t be drawing a check for the rest of our lives, as they will.

Think about this. Are they looking out for us, or are they looking out for themselves?

Jim Mohney


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