It appears that David Martosko's troubled and chaotic reign at HumaneWatch may be coming to an end.
Following revelations of Martosko's substance abuse problems, arrests, his connection with stalking of activists and apparent impersonation of a veterinarian, there are signs that the Center for Consumer Freedom's failed opera singer is finally being yanked off center stage.
The Center for Consumer Freedom is now hiring a "Researcher/Analyst". That's Martosko's current job.
Like Martosko's position as the "Director of Research", the job requires no research experience and no scientific background, only the ability to look up information on the internet, and preferably "some knowledge of... the animal rights movement" or at least a "hidden, passionate interest" in it. In other words, no training or experience is needed, just a willingness to smear animal protection charities for money. The supposedly nonprofit position promises a "lucrative financial incentive plan".
The HumaneWatch Facebook group appears to be moderated by someone other than Martosko now, and he or she is clamping down on discussion with an iron fist. Even the merest mention of Martosko's scandals from their core members is stifled. Some have left HumaneWatch in disgust over the draconian censorship.
Martosko's name has been removed from internal HumaneWatch documents.
And Martosko himself is nowhere to be found.
On March 1st, David Martosko is scheduled to speak at the Alberta Chicken Producers' General Meeting. But according to their website: "[O]ur Guest Speaker David Martosko has cancelled his appearance. We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused." So sad.
On March 19th, the Wisconsin Ag Women's Summit will feature David Martosko speaking on "How to Survive in the Era of HSUS". Oops. Not so fast. Dale M. Beaty tells us that "Unfortunately, David Martosko informed us this weekend that he is unable to present. We are in the process of finding a similar presenter to fill his spot."
On April 7th, The NY Farm Bureau is hosting an event to coach farmers on how to defend themselves from activist cameras. David Martosko is the featured speaker. Or is he? NYFB's Legal Affairs Department confirms that Martosko had to cancel his appearance due to a "personal conflict".
Martosko's criminal hearing for public drunkenness, swearing and trespassing on the grounds of a church/school doesn't take place until May, so the possibility of jail time doesn't explain the abrupt cancellation of his speaking engagemnets. Inpatient rehab is certainly a possibility. However, that doesn't explain why his presence is being so vigorously scrubbed from the HumaneWatch website.
CCF may be hiring an apprentice for Martosko to coach in the finer aspects of the Dark Side, but given their frantic efforts to distance themselves from this latest disgrace, we find it more likely that Richard Berman has demanded a more stable backup for Martosko -- and possibly, a future replacement.