Animal Writes
From 6 June 2004 Issue

A Terrible Loss For Our Community
From Karen Dawn - [email protected]

With shock and sadness I write to tell you that Cliff Kaminsky was killed in a hiking accident last weekend. He was 34.

Cliff was a friend and activist well known to us in Los Angeles, but also to many throughout the country, due to his significant involvement with many national animal protection groups. His warm and easy manner, intelligence, and his attention to detail, made him the perfect person for event planning; he served on many committees for fundraising events.

He also wrote countless letters on behalf of the animals. When Cliff first became involved in animal rights, in 2000, he volunteered for some time as a correspondent for PETA.

And he was "out there," protesting and contributing in various ways. He took footage of elephants chained and swaying at circuses, footage used by groups working to end the abuse.

His professional work was in acoustics.

Cliff was a talented musician, who played on Friday nights at Sloopys in Manhattan Beach. He could listen to a song on the radio and figure out how to play it immediately. Parties at his house turned into jam sessions.

You'll find a picture of him with his Detroit band, Ape 7, at:
Cliff, the vocalist, is in the foreground of the photo -- the man kind of giving the thumbs up sign.

The funeral will be in Maryland, where Cliff's mother lives, this Tuesday, June 8. If you would like to be kept abreast of details of the funeral and information on where the family would like donations to go in Cliff's name, you can get back to me on email. Anna West, a friend of Cliff's from PETA, will keep us up to date.

Cliff's legacy is impressive. I share with you, below, one of the last contributions I know he made -- a letter printed in the Los Angeles Times. It is hard to understand why he, of all people, was taken so young.

Los Angeles Times

May 12, 2004 Wednesday
Home Edition

FOOD; Features Desk; Part F; Pg. 2

It is troubling that after such a noticeable lack of coverage of the foie gras issue, the Los Angeles Times would choose to print such a load of drivel as David Shaw's article (Matters of Taste: "They're Quacking up the Wrong Tree," May 5). First he says that animal rights activists make "the anti-abortion movement look positively passive." Rubbish. No animal rights activist has ever shot and killed a doctor. Most animal rights activists are against harming any living being. Second, he argues that the suffering of ducks doesn't matter because the ducks were raised for that purpose. Many slaves were born in captivity also. That doesn't mean it was any less painful or more humane.

Cliff Kaminsky

Manhattan Beach

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