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  • Hardware
    May 18, 2011 - 13:24

    I find it curious and sad that people are so quick to attack the ALDF as nutbars based on such minimal information as their (the ALDF's) choice of terminology. I don't profess to know anything about that organization but I know a little about cruelty and neglect. When I was a child my mother ran a small satellite chapter of the SPCA in rural Nfld. We saw far too much cruelty (and that includes neglect). Regardless of the source, please understand that there's no excuse for cruelty to any beings that cannot fend for themselves - whether it's an animal or child.

  • Ford Elms
    May 18, 2011 - 11:19

    And who exactly are the Animal Legal Defense Fund? Their use of the term "animal abuser" suggests to me they are much the same as PETA, the Sea Shepherd Society, HSUS, or IFAW. "Animal Abuser" is a term used by supporters of these companies to describe anyone who consumes meat or dairy products or wears animal products, in some cases, it is even used to refer to pet owners! Why does the media, in particular the Newfoundland media, give a voice to these lunatics? Here in Newfoundland, the media should know better. We have been targets of the animal rights industry since the 60s. Their dishonesty, media manipulation, and bigotry should be well known to every media person in this province. Why then does the media allow itself to be manipulated in this fashion? If the Telegram is going to report this, you should at least give us some information on the company making these claims. Are they reputable? Did you even bother to check? Is your need for a sensational story so great you are willing to sell out your own people like this? Next thing you'll be claiming we skin seals alive!

    • Telegram newsroom
      May 18, 2011 - 11:29

      From the Better Business Bureau's website: http://www.bbb.org/charity-reviews/national/animal-protection/animal-legal-defense-fund-in-cotati-ca-575 ALDF meets the 20 Standards for Charity Accountability. Most ($927,194 or 90%) of ALDF's public education program expenses were carried out through educational materials and other activities conducted in conjunction with fund raising appeals. ALDF's criminal justice program works with law enforcement and prosecutors to seek penalties for animal abusers. Its litigation program files lawsuits to stop the abuse of companion animals, and animals abused in industries including factory farming and the entertainment business. Furthermore, its animal law program is dedicated to advancing the field of animal law among legal professionals and in law schools. ALDF reports having about 140 student Animal Legal Defense Fund Chapters in law schools across the US and Canada and, in 2008, it created the first center for animal law.

    • Stovetop
      May 18, 2011 - 16:30

      Wow... let's shoot the messenger instead of consider the message. Are their claims backed up by facts? Has anyone attacking them bothered to read their report? From what I gathered, the report is based upon the laws on the books already. Well, I checked their site (aldf.org) and they have their reports and collection of laws from all of the provinces out plain for anyone to see. In Newfoundland the law calls animal abuse "mistreatment of an animal." In my book, "mistreatment" and "abuse" are pretty synonymous, so how about quit parsing words? If someone has a legitimate gripe about how they reported on our laws and the rest of the country's speak your piece. Otherwise, stop with all the knee-jerk reactions please.

  • Penney
    May 18, 2011 - 11:05

    Why is a report from these Animal "Right" nutbars being reported at all? The perspective of this group, and others like it, is defined by emotionalism and a perverse relationship with and understanding of animals.