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Rick Berman,executive director of the Center for Consumer Freedom, has been a staunch opponent of the Humane Society of the United States and has made critical comments, both verbally and in writing, about the Egg Bill. I have commented on Mr. Berman's statements in two prior blog posts: The rest of agriculture won’t be hurt by the Egg Bill and later Egg Bill is not the Munich agreement and Gregory not Neville Chamberlain. In response to my last blog post on his comments, Mr. Berman sent me this reply in which he countered some of the points that I made. Mr. Berman's viewpoint is his own, and it doesn't represent the opinion of either me or WATTAgNet.com. He does make a correction to one statement that I made in error. I said that egg producers lost ballot initiative votes in Ohio and Michigan. Mr. Berman correctly points out that deals were struck between egg producers and animal rights advocates prior to the ballot initiatives being voted on.
As always, WATTAgNet.com welcomes your comments and opinions, whether you agree or disagree with any of our bloggers.
Here is Mr. Berman's reply:
Egg on their face
In the recounting the past there are times when those writing a historical account airbrush out of the picture or simply brush over inconvenient truths. One such time occurred last week. In his attempt to defend an indefensible series of mistakes by the United Egg Producers leadership, WATT AG editor Terrence O’Keefe took issue with my characterization of how the California egg producers and subsequently the UEP got in bed with their long term enemy, the Humane Society of the United States. In particular, he didn’t agree with my comparison of the situation to Neville Chamberlain’s naïve kowtowing to an aggressive Nazi regime.
Former Senator Daniel Moynihan famously observed that people are entitled to their own opinion but not their own facts. As evidence of that observation take a look at some of those manufactured facts from O’Keefe and the truth that trumps them.
Perhaps a better analogy for the egg industry’s current situation — if you don’t embrace the Chamberlain comparison — would be Stockholm Syndrome, first used to describe hostages in a bank robbery who became attached to the captors.
Whatever comparison you prefer, historical parallels are never 100-percent analogous, but they offer a comparison that people can understand. What’s important is that the domestic egg industry doesn’t become history. And that’s the direction it is heading in as long as it dances with vegan zealots.