By Michael Beckel 21 hours ago
The Protect the Harvest Political Action Committee told the elections regulator that it “intends to raise funds in unlimited amounts” to call for the election or defeat of federal candidates.
Which politicos will be targeted, however, is still unclear.
Neither the super PAC’s treasurer, Brian Klippenstein, nor its attorney, Mark Roth, responded to requests for comment from the Center for Public Integrity.
Super PACs are legally allowed to solicit unlimited contributions to produce political advertisements — so long as their spending is not coordinated with any candidates’ campaigns.
Klippenstein currently serves as the executive director of Protect the Harvest, a 501(c)(4) “social welfare” nonprofit established in 2011 to educate the public about “the benefits of farming, ranching and hunting” and to advocate “for the right to conduct such activities.”
The nonprofit may engage in politics, although federal law mandates that influencing elections may not be its primary purpose.
On its website, Protect the Harvest warns that “the animal rights movement in America, led by the Humane Society of the United States, has evolved into a wealthy and successful attack group determined to end the consumption of meat, threaten consumer access to affordable food, eliminate hunting, outlaw rodeos and circuses and even ban animal ownership (including pets) altogether.”
That’s “baloney,” said Joe Maxwell, the Humane Society of the United States’ vice president of outreach and engagement. He said his organization is “leading efforts to ensure that we have good stewards of the land and the animals on our farms.”
Protect the Harvest, Maxwell asserted, is “nothing but a front group” that is “in bed with industrialized agriculture.”
I’ve been told that I’m not helping anything by being vegan; that I wasn’t going to be able to stop all the horrible things going on by taking a stand against animal consumption.
That’s a depressing thought, especially if you’re aware of the current holocaust happening all around us. Humans are slaughtering 6 million animals per hour. 20,000 more will die in the time it takes you to read these sentences! That’s a holocaust of farmed animals every 60 minutes. And that’s not counting fish, lobsters, shrimp, oysters, clams, krill or other sea life. But I’m not fooling myself, I know it would take a concerted, allied effort to stop these atrocities.
Even if I never saw positive results from promoting veganism in my short lifetime, there are other reasons for not eating animals. For me, veganism is about choosing not to add to the suffering our fellow Earthlings endure every day for the human appetite; it’s a form of dissent against the extreme cruelty millions of animals undergo so humans can have their steak and eat it too.
Veganism is my protest against the insanity of factory farming; against the existence of battery cages, cattle feedlots, industrialized dairies, veal crates, hog farming, commercial fishing, whaling, sealing, fur trapping, bow hunting, predator control, contest hunts, culling, derby killing and every other form of exploitation our species inflicts on the non-humans citizens of the world.
I might not be able to change the world, but at least I don’t have to be complicit in institutionalized animal cruelty. Non-human animals might hold little value to most people, but the laissez-faire acceptance of brutality and suffering will eventually come back on Homo sapiens and help facilitate the demise of the species.
In the immortal words of Woodstock headliners, Ten Years After:
“I’d love to change the world
But I don’t know what to do
So I’ll leave it up to you”
Left Forum, John Jay College of Criminal Justice
- The City University of New York
Animal Liberation and Social Justice – Theory and Testimony
LEFT FORUM Saturday May 31 in New York City Noon-1:50pm
An animal revolution is underway, yet the vast majority of leftists seem
indifferent to it. Why? Nearly everything the left fights for is undermined by
systemic animal abuse. What is it to be human? What is it to be animal? Every
morally relevant proof of human superiority-reason, language, moral awareness,
self-awareness, future awareness, social laws-is proven groundless. Yet
distortions persist claiming to justify crimes against animals. Marx’s vision of
a classless society looks toward a time when all alienation-between humans and
the natural world, humans and the social world, a person and himself or
Yet the anthropocentrism of many on the left who share that vision-and of Marx
himself-obstructs progress toward it. For to ignore the cries of animals is to
be complicit in their enslavement, an enslavement that is destroying the Earth
and ravaging human life-much of it, moreover, typifying colonists’ enslaving of
the colonized, the degraded, alienated consciousness of the enslaver in each
case differing scarcely at all. Sifting theoretical insights-while at the same
time offering personal testimony-this panel shows why the liberating of animals
is always also about human liberation, and why justice for animals is always
also about human justice.
KAREN DAVIS, President and Founder of United Poultry Concerns and
author of Prisoned Chickens, Poisoned Eggs, among many other publications
JOHN SANBONMATSU, Associate Professor of Philosophy at Worcester
Polytechnic Institute and author of The Postmodern Prince:
Critical Theory, Left Strategy, and the Making of a New Political Subject
PATTRICE JONES, Co-founder of VINE Sanctuary in Vermont and author of
Aftershock: Confronting Trauma in a Violent World, a Guide for Activists and
JOAN HARRISON, Independent advocate for animals, homeless advocate,
author of many poems, essays, letters, blogs, and chair of this panel
WHERE AND WHEN
DATE: Saturday May 31, 2014
TIME: Session 2 from Noon to 1:50pm
Room 3.8 John Jay College of Criminal Justice,
City University of New York,
524 West 59th Street,
New York, NY 10019
Left Forum, John Jay College of Criminal Justice – The City University of New
Also coming up in NYC
Thursday, June 12 Animal Sacrifice, Religion and the Law.
The Practice of Using Chickens as Kaporos: A Forum Free & Open to the Public
United Poultry Concerns is a nonprofit organization that promotes
the compassionate and respectful treatment of domestic fowl.
Don’t just switch from beef to chicken. Go Vegan.
Producing nearly 15% of the Earth’s greenhouse gas emissions, the meat industry is one of the top contributors to climate change. Slowly, very slowly, movements like Meatless Mondays and Vegan Before 6 have demonstrated the value, and deliciousness, of adopting a vegan diet, but a carnivorous diet is still seen as evidence of prosperity.
In 2009, researchers at the Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency calculated that global veganism would reduce agriculture-related carbon emissions by nearly 17%, methane emissions by 24%, and nitrous oxide emissions by 21% by 2050.
The researchers discovered that worldwide veganism, or even just worldwide vegetarianism, would achieve gains at a much lower cost that an energy intervention, like carbon taxes, for instance.
The study demonstrated tremendous value of a vegan or vegetarian diet in staving off climate change, but there are so many other benefits as well. Antibiotic resistance stemming from the meat consumed that has been pumped full of antibiotics would plummet. Pollution rates would drop significantly as factory farms, the biggest polluters in the meat industry, became a thing of the past. General human health and well-being would rise from a plant-based diet free from cholesterol and pharmaceuticals.
By 2050, the global population is predicted to reach a staggering 9 BILLION people.