The Star allowed the so-called "Center for Consumer Freedom" to cross the line when the group falsely accused the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) of supporting "the eco-terror problem." The suggestion that the HSUS supports any illegal action, or that it has ties to eco-terror groups which it has repeatedly denounced, is patently untrue and outrageous.
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The Center for Consumer Freedom (CCF) which is not in the centre, nor does it represent consumers or freedom is run by shills for the tobacco, alcohol and hospitality industries. The group actively opposes efforts by health advocates, doctors, animal welfare advocates and other public interest organizations.

It opposes any advances from anti-smoking, anti-drinking and healthy  food advocates, and seeks to discredit them with lies, half-truths, and innuendo. CCF has a history of hurling cheap and tawdry attacks at other mainstream and popular groups, in addition to the HSUS, such as Mothers Against Drunk Driving, the American Medical Association and the Arthritis Foundation.

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