Nick Cooney’s claim of concern for “small family farms” and his feigned ignorance about animal-rights terrorism are both laughable [“Factory farming: It’s not what you know from childhood,” April 23].
Cooney’s organization, the oddly named Hugs for Puppies, is the Philadelphia chapter of SHAC — short for Stop Huntingdon Animal Cruelty. On Nov. 12, 2002, the group publicly announced that “SHAC Philly will now be referred to as Hugs For Puppies. Do not let the innocuous name fool you, we have a serious commitment to animal liberation.”
Six SHAC leaders (along with the organization itself) were convicted in March 2006 on federal domestic-terrorism charges. Their long-standing campaign of violence and intimidation targeted a medical testing company that uses animals to test AIDS and cancer medicines.
Like other militant animal-rights groups, Hugs for Puppies stands for the abolition of all food that comes from animals. Hurting the largest and most visible companies is just a first step. Smaller, “family” egg farms are on his movement’s list of enemies as well.