Many non-profits, tax free businesses in many cases, are used by huge corporations. Untangling the web of subsidiaries is almost impossible. But if you follow the money, it always leads you right back to where you started. Take a look!
The Cavalry Group seemed to be a wonderful idea to begin with. They say on their website that “We are working all over the country to protect your freedoms by shaping the debate in the media, lobbying at the state and federal level, consulting with political campaigns, and by educating our members as to their rights. Finally, we secure those freedoms by providing your access to trusted, independent legal representation when those rights are threatened.”
What a wonderful idea these people thought of. Most people that own animals that are attacked by HSUS have nowhere to turn and no one to represent them. They are usually very poor people that are only trying to live their lives and love their animals.
Membership fees for the Cavalry Group range from $150.00 for an individual to $1000.00 for a business. Sounds reasonable. Most people would be happy to give a $150.00 to protect them from the animal rights group HSUS that has millions and millions of dollars at their disposal and enough lawyers to row a boat to China.
But is the Cavalry Group everything it is cracked up to be?
Many questions have been asked about that group including whether or not Frank Losey works with or for them. It does appear that Mr. Losey has posted on their web blog in the past but a written statement of denial or confirmation with approval to quote has not been obtained.
Mindy Patterson is the president and co-founder of The Cavalry Group and board of Missouri Federation of Animal Owners (MOFED), Development Director for United Horsemen, on the board of directors of the Missouri Equine Council, and as the Chair of Horse Welfare for American Agri-Women per the Cavalry Group’s website. Mark Patterson is the CEO and President of Cavalry Group and appears to have background in real estate.
In an ad published July 12, page 31, in Missouri Pet Breeders Association by the Cavalry Group, it states: “By joining the Cavalry Group you not only ensure that you have legal defense to protect you and your animal enterprise when you need it, but by joining the Cavalry Group, you’re uniting with other animal owners and animal related businesses against the enemy that wants to destroy animal ownership and animal agriculture across the country.”
Under the disclaimer section in very small print on the application, you will find: “If The Cavalry Group LLC, in its sole opinion, is unable to provide the required legal services to a Member, The Cavalry Group LLC reserves the right to cancel said Membership and refund any current annual membership fee.”
What, may I ask, happens when you call from a jail cell to notify the Cavalry Group that you have been arrested for animal cruelty charges because of HSUS? Do they honor their commitment to the people that have paid them membership money in good faith or do they rely on their “way out” by the disclaimer saying that they don’t have to provide you with representation if they so choose?
Someone asked the Cavalry Group just that sort of question. Mindy Patterson’s, President of the Cavalry Group, reply on November 27, 2012 was not an answer but “I have your information and all your emails which I am currently forwarding to my FBI contact for their information.” WOW! The person was asked to “please stop wasting our time.”
If you look closely at their website, they only advertise a lawyer to represent breeders from certain states, not the entire country. “Reeg Lawyers….expertise in litigation and class action….They are licensed to practice law in Missouri, Illinois, Kansas, Oklahoma, Nebraska, and Florida.” Their expertise is not in the field that breeders would need and you would have to live in the states mentioned for them to represent you.
The Cavalry Group boasts “Olsson Frank Weeda Terman Matz PC (OFW Law) is one of the nation’s premier law firms confronting emerging issues facing animal agriculture, and serves as counsel and representative to The Cavalry Group before the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the Congress.”
While it sounds like Olsson Frank Weeda Terman Matz (OFW Law) is just a law firm, they are actually a consulting firm, lobbyist. Their biggest client according to opensecrets.org is Abbott Laboratories(Ross Products) paid $150,000 to OFW Law in 2012 with lobbyist Julian Baer, Eric Bursch, Maren Dale, Peter Matz.
Maren Dale, Julian Baer, Brent Gattis, Peter Matz, Charles W Stenholm, are the lobbyist for the Cavalry Group that works for Olsson Frank Weeda. Eric Bursch, a lobbyist working for Olsson Frank and Weeda, on March 13, 2012 was registered as a lobbyist for Nutriset BP35—Boes Ricard, Malaunay France 76770 through OFW Law. Eric Bursch is the same lobbyist used for The Cavalry Group.
The PlumpyField® (owned by Nutriset that Eric Bursch of OFW and The Cavalry Group) network now includes … a non-profit organization based in the United States, Edesia, owned by Nutriset. Headquartered in Providence, Rhode Island, Edesia is a non-profit producer of Ready-to-Use Foods that transform the lives of malnourished children, their families and communities. Edesia llc is partners with US AID. USAID is a government program to relieve hunger in FOREIGN countries.
About 1.56 million people used an emergency shelter or a transitional housing program during the 12-month period between October 1, 2008 and September 30, 2009. According to feedthechildren.org , “12 million American Children are at risk of going hungry” in the United States. And where does that food go that Nutriset produces here in the United States with a non-profit called Edesia? It goes, through USAID, a government program for FOREIGN countries. It doesn’t go to the starving children in the United States.
Olsson, Frank and Weeda seem to think that it is just fine to lobby for companies that manufactures food for starving children and moves that food OUT OF THE UNITED STATES through a NON_PROFIT to feed people in other countries, not our own starving children. Edesia doesn’t even pay tax. The same Olsson, Frank and Weeda that lobbies for the Cavalry Group. But, it’s not just U.S. children they are hurting. They are also helping the animal rights group garner money and work against breeders in the U.S. by way of Abbott Laboratories
On October 2, 2012, “Abbott Laboratories was charged with a $500 million fine and $198.5 million forfeiture for illegal marketing. This fine is the second-largest criminal fine for a single drug. U.S. District Court Judge Samuel G Wilson of the Western District of Virginia imposed it given Abbott’s guilty plea related to its unlawful promotion of Depakote for uses not approved by the FDA… For this, Abbott has also been put on a five-year term of probation.” Is it a coincidence that Abbott has a Mark Patterson on their board of directors?
Abbott animal Health division has a Partnership for Preventive Pet Healthcare:” The goal of the Partnership for Preventive Pet Healthcare(AKA: Partners for Healthy Pets.org), an organization chaired by AVMA CEO Dr. Ron DeHaven and managed through an Executive Committee, Board of Directors and supported by various advisory councils, is to provide guidance and ensure that veterinary visits lead to early detection and prevention so that pet owners and their pets can enjoy a longer and healthier life together.”
The AVMA just recently announced that American College of Animal Welfare (ACAW) has become a recognized veterinary specialty organization.
“The mission of the American College of Animal Welfare is to advance animal welfare through education, certification, and scientific investigation.” Dr. Gail Golab, director of animal welfare at the AVMA is the Gail Golab, President Elect of ACAW. Patricia N. Olson, DVM, PhD, one of the charter diplomats of the new ACAW, is the Chief Veterinary Advisor of the Animal Welfare and Research Institute, on the board of Humane Society Veterinary Medical Association (HSVMA)(AKA: HSUS), former president/CEO of the Morris Animal Foundation and also serves as an advisor for American Humane Association and other animal-health and welfare groups. She also served as an AVMA Congressional Science Fellow and has taught at three veterinary colleges. The same Dr. Olson that Dr. Golab wholeheartedly supported on an online animal welfare list. The same Dr. Golab that supports, by way of the AVMA, the Partners for Healthy Pets.
“Partners For Healthy Pets.org is a committee of the non-profit American Veterinary Medical Foundation that was created to ensure that pets receive the preventive healthcare they deserve through regular visits to a veterinarian.” TIER 1 partners with Preventive Pet Healthcare are Banfield Pet Hospital, Merck and Pfizer. Banfield Pet Hospital is owned by MARS. “A subsidiary of Mars, Incorporated, Banfield owns clinics in the United States, Mexico, and the United Kingdom. Founded in 1955, the company operates many of its 800 plus clinics inside PetSmart stores.”
Debra S. Fair is vice president of corporate affairs for Mars Petcare US, headquartered in Franklin, Tenn, resident of the board for The PEDIGREE Foundation, and is on the Board of Directors for the American Humane Association, an animal rights group. “Mars, Incorporated, a company known for innovative consumer and pet food brands that are trusted by people around the world, has been deeply involved with canine genetics for many years” Patricia N. Olson, DVM, PhD, is Chief Veterinary Advisor for the American Humane Association, and a recent past President of the Morris Animal Foundation. Mars brags about their tests on AKC dog breeds. Now how could they brag about their canine genetic tests on AKC dogs unless they had access to the blood/DNA samples of AKC dogs?
And who but who is a partner of the Orthopedic Foundation for Animals (OFA) per their website? Canine Health Information Center (CHIC), American Kennel Club Canine Health Foundation (AKCCHF), Morris Animal Foundation, Canine Eye Registration Foundation (CERF) and The Animal Health Trust. However, CERF made a statement on their website on November 6th, 2012 that they are not a partner with OFA. Every single research project that the OFA conducted since 2006 was paid for by either the Morris Animal Foundation or the AKC Canine Health Foundation!
“The Canine Health Information Center, also known as CHIC, is a centralized canine health database jointly sponsored by the AKC/Canine Health Foundation (AKC/CHF) and the Orthopedic Foundation for Animals (OFA).”
And what’s more, another partner with OFA,…..The Animal Health Trust is in England. The Animal Health Trust was part of the APGAW. The APGAW is a “supporter” of the RSPCA (animal rights group) and….drum roll please…..The same RSPCA (animal rights group) that works with the Humane Society International (AKA: HSUS), that was a MAJOR part of Jemima Harrison’s derogatory film, Pedigree Dogs Exposed.
Is the Cavalry Group helping breeders or are they helping the Animal Rights Groups by using money that breeders give them to pay OFW Law, a lobby firm?