Money in Meatless Mondays

“Compassion Over Killing worked closely with council members to develop this [Meatless Monday] initiative, and we applaud them for encouraging residents to choose meat-free foods at least once a week as a way to help protect their health, the environment, and animals.” Per COK’s website

Cheryl Leahy is the General Counsel for Compassion Over Killing (COK).  She received a J.D. from University of California LA School of Law and a B.A. from the University of Chicago in Environmental Studies.  Cheryl Leahy is a member of the District of Columbia, Maryland, and California bars and currently works in COK’s Los Angeles office

UCLA has promoted animal rights agendas for a very long time.  University of California promotes Food Day. “Take the [University of California] UC Pledge to support Food Day, a national grassroots campaign to: *Promote safer, healthier diets Support sustainable and organic farms *Reduce hunger* Reform factory farms to protect the environment* Support fair working conditions for food and farm workers”

Following the link to “Reform factory farms to protect the environment” takes you to http://www.foodday.org/factory_farms a page that reads like the HSUS propaganda that Wayne Pacelle, CEO and President of HSUS,  speaks “…every family farm is a factory farm..”. It informs the reader to  “Visit the websites of Keep Antibiotics Working, National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition, Humane Society of the United States, Center for a Livable Future, and Sustainable Table to learn more about what you can do now!”  The webpage uses the HSUS as a reference. The address listed at the bottom of the webpage for Food Day is that of the Center for Science in the Public Interest 1220 L St. NW, Suite 300, Washington, DC 20005  Contact us button leads to a webpage for email address’ of The Center for Science in the Public Interest.

Michael F. Jacobson -founded the Center for Science in the Public Interest in 1971. Dr. David A. Kessler, former FDA Commissioner, San Francisco, California Director of Center for Science in the Public Interest http://www.cspinet.org/about/board.html  Jacobson sits on the National Council of the Great American Meatout, an annual event sponsored by Farm Animal Rights Movement, that encourages people to “kick the meat habit”

Per the 2010 990 tax form for Center for Science in the Public Interest signed by Michael F. Jacobson, Part III 4b shows a program expense of $6,876,178.00 with revenue of $190.00.  This program is described as “Nutrition Action Healthletter-Consists of editing and publishing ten issues per year of nutrition action healthletter, a periodical for members of subscribers containing current information on nutrition, food safety, and related health issues.”  On the CSPI website, the price of the Nutrition Action Healthletter for one year is $10.00 plus a $15.00 shipping fee totaling $25.00 per subscription.  CSPI’s website goes on to say “CSPI is primarily funded by the 900,000 subscribers to its Nutrition Action Healthletter and individual donors”  900,000 multiplied by $25.00 equals 22.5 MILLION dollars. Continuing on the same webpage, CSPI states “Private foundation grants make up approximately 5% to 10% of CSPI’s annual revenue of $17 million”  Confused?  Where did the other 4.5 million dollars go and is the “newsletter” their only income? What about the 5-10% from private foundation grants?

The Farm Animal Rights Movement (FARM) that sponsors the “Great American Meatout”  which Michael Jacobson sits on the National Council of is “a 501(c)(3) national nonprofit organization working to end the use of animals for food through public education and grassroots activism. We believe in the inherent self-worth of animals, as well as environmental protection and enhanced public health. We operate just outside of Washington, DC and work through our Compassionate Activist Network (CAN) with volunteers in all 50 U.S. states and two dozen other countries. Since our beginning in 1976 and official formation in 1981, FARM has launched a variety of grassroots campaigns in pursuit of our mission: World Farm Animals Day, Great American Meatout, Gentle Thanksgiving, Pay-Per-View , Letters from FARM, Sabina Fund, Vegan Earth Day, Meatout Mondays, and Live Vegan.”

If you type in the University of California in the CSPI’s website search form, there are 29 pages of information used to “prove” the CSPI’s theory about meat with a reference to University  of California.  So, who is financing all of this Meatless Monday activity?

A trustee of the University of California is Wallis Annenberg who is the Chairman of the Board, President and CEO of the Annenberg Foundation .  Annenberg foundation gave the HSUS over $350,000 just last year to “experiment with the PZP pesticide.” A review of board minutes and records by CNN show Obama crossed paths repeatedly with [William] Ayers at board meetings of the Annenberg Challenge Project. The Annenberg Foundation gave the project a $50 million grant to match local private funds to improve schools, and Ayers fought to bring the grant to Chicago, according to participants and project records.”  William Ayers, a former bomb-setting, anti-war radical from the 1960s and ’70s.

The Annenberg Foundation, listed as a 501(c)3 tax exempt “non-profit” had ASSETS over 1.7 Billion dollars in June of 2011. Annenberg only had contributions of $60,244.00. Revenue for 2010 was $42 Million dollars.  They spent $27.4 Million on “other professional fees”.  Per their 2010 tax return, Annenberg Foundation held $1.6 Billion dollars in “noncharitable-use assests.”

“Annenberg learner uses media and telecommunications to advance excellent teaching in American schools this mandate is carried out chiefly by the funding and broad distribution of educational video programs with coordinated web and print materials for the professional development of K-12 teachers.  It is part of the Annenberg Foundation and advances the foundation’s goal of encouraging the development of more effective ways to share ideas and knowledge. “ If the explanation that Annenberg gives as accomplishments for exempt purposes is true, then why, with quick addition and not thoroughly exploring, $3.1 Million in grants given to animal rights group or environmental groups such as HSUS or the Humane Society International?

Almost half of the money of all grants made by Annenberg was paid to themselves to their related organization “Annenberg Foundation Trust at Sunnylands.” Over $37,000.00 was granted to Regents of the University of California to support the Grow LA Victory Garden Initiative of the University of California cooperative Extension’s Los Angeles County office of the University of California Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources and $66,000 for salary support.  William H Olson is the County Director and Farm Advisor of the Agriculture and Natural Resources for the University of California. Is Patricia N. Olson the “significant other” of William Olson?  Patricia Olson, the Chief Veterinary Advisor at American Humane Association, AVMA Congressional Science Fellow, former president and CEO of Morris Animal Foundation,  diplomat member of ACAW, and Leadership Council member with the Humane Society Veterinary Medical Association.   Another $5.1 Million from Annenberg Foundation went to programs for the University of California and most beared the Annenberg name.  Future payments already approved include $57 Million to the Annenberg Foundation Trust at Sunnylands and $47.8 Million to the University of Southern California.

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