It’s outrageous the oddly named animal rights group Hugs for Puppies has any control over how chicken is marketed or advertised (“Chickens ‘contented,’ not ‘happy’,” Intell, Aug. 24).
Hugs for Puppies is the Philadelphia chapter of Stop Huntingdon Animal Cruelty (SHAC). In November 2002, the group publicly announced, “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) will be sentenced this month in a New Jersey federal court. They were convicted in March on domestic-terrorism charges. SHAC’s long-standing campaign of violence and intimidation targeted a medical research firm whose search for AIDS and cancer cures requires the use of lab animals.
Hugs For Puppies is this terrorist group’s Pennsylvania branch, not a local animal welfare charity. No one should negotiate with them.