The Center for Consumer Freedom (CCF) is calling for a boycott of TripAdvisor after the online travel planning service decided to restrict its users from booking certain animal attractions at the behest of PeTA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals). CCF is a high-profile animal rights watchdog group founded in 1996.
In a February 16 news release announcing the campaign, CCF asked, “What’s next? Delisting of steak houses and sports bars that serve meat-centric munchies?” To mobilize anti-PeTA forces, CCF has launched a new website, BadTripAdvisors.com. The site features a petition that supporters can sign urging TripAdvisors to “stop listening to the dog-killing activist group PeTA and commit to a neutral policy on booking family events of any stripe.”
The reference to PeTA as a “dog-killing activist group” is based on PeTA’s known record of killing thousands of animals it supposedly “rescued” in the state of Virginia, where the animal rights group is based. According to Virginia state statistics, since 1998 PeTA has killed nearly 35,000 dogs and cats transferred into its care.
CCF is probably best known for another website, humanewatch.org, which focuses on the extreme positions and radical agenda of the HSUS (Humane Society of the United States) and its CEO, Wayne Pacelle.